Thursday, 13 March 2008

Now, a Baseball Storey

today’s fanfare
Capilanos New Manager Gets the Treatment
By Eric Whitehead
[Vancouver Province, March 7, 1953]
While busy young buzz-saws like Roger (Double TKO) were making the leather and the thrills fly out of the Gardens last night, Capilanos’ GM Dewey Soriano was holding a pleasant social at-home for his new manager, Harvey Storey.
Storey of course is the summer replacement for the void caused by the departure of Bill Schuster and Edo Vanni. We don’t know yet how Harvey will affect the local baseball atmosphere, but we do know that his surname lends itself, at reasonable rates of interest, to endless maltreatment by the scions of the local fourth estate. There are going to be some just fiendishly clever by-plays on that name before the summer’s end.
As another Province first, we now present a preview of just a few of the pricesless headlines that will be gaily flipped onto your doorstep during these next few months.
What’s in a Name?
After Harvey breaks up an extra-inning ball game just before midnight:
Bed-Time Storey Thrills Customers
Or, after Harvey bops an umpire and is hauled up on the carpet by League Pres. Bob Brown:
Capilanos’ Manager Suspended
And Thereby Hangs a Storey
Or, after an irate Victoria fan storms out of the Empress Hotel, into the ballpark, and threatens, just out of principle, to wring Harvey’s neck:
Storey to Get New Twist
Or when, in that magnificent game-winning slide into home plate, Harvey loses the seat of his trousers:
300o Pop-Eyes Fans Stay
To See End of Storey
As you can see, the possibilities are limitless. Heaven help us all. You can take it from here, Clancy.
Dewey Goes With John
Before the disturbing arrival of this fellow Storey, we were discussing an interesting topic with Soriano, to wit: John Lardner’s recent national magazine tirade against that colorful diamond tradition, spring training.
Lardner lambasted major league spring-training as a callous, wasteful and dangerous exploitation of ballplayers He claims that the clubs waste tremendous amounts of money in the first three weeks, and then spend the next five weeks in a flock of exhibitions “trying to get off the hook.”
Soriano, a young but extremely shrewd judge of the baseball business, sides with Lardner.
“Three weeks,” he says, “is plenty of time to get a group of players into shape. And apart from the training angle, how many ballplayers can reasonably afford a longer stretch?”

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