Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Pesut Wants to Manage Tri-City

Nick Pesut Applies for Job As Manager
[Tri-City Herald, Jan. 12, 1953]
Nick Pesut, catcher under contract to the Tri-City Braves and “most popular player” of the 1952 season, has applied for the job as playing manager when the club comes under Tri-City Athletic asssociation onwership.
Pesut told Harold Matheson, president of the association, that “I think I can handle it.”
Pesut's application came along with one from Tony Fratis [sic], a pitcher who managed Modesto and Stockton. The 44-year-old Fratis, who goes by the name of “Ageless,” says he can “win 20 games” hurling for the club.
He also promises to bring some help to the Braves.
Two men have applied for business manager. One is Julian Morgan from Alabama. The other was not named.
Matheson said any of the four men stands a chance of getting the jobs because all previous applications have been withdrawn or have been rejected. The business manager will be hired first.
Meanwhile, the association has sent in a $3,100 fee to the National Association of Professional Baseball leagues. A $5,000 performance bond will be sent soon to the Western International League.
Matheson also said he and Steve Johnson of Connell will go to the the league scheduling meeting at Vancouver, B. C., Jan. 19. He said it is hoped that the association will have a business manager hired by then.
In other league business, Matheson said all those contacted who had signs at Sanders field last year have said they will want them again this year.
He also said that many persons have applied for box seats for the coming season. Matheson said it will be up to the new business manager but the policy followed in the past is to serve first those who had box seats the season before. He expects the policy will be the same again this year.

Veteran LA Pitcher Goes To Kennewick
KENNEWICK (Wash.), Jan. 12 - Jess Dobernic, veteran major league and Los Angeles Angel pitcher, has been purchased by the Tri-City Braves of the Class "A" Western International Baseball League.
The 34-year-old right-hander, who was sold yesterday, will be used principally for relief, according to Tri-City Manager Edo Vanni.
Dobernic has played with both the Chicago Cubs and the White Sox between stints with the Angels.
He was purchased for an undisclosed amount from the Toronto Maple Leafs of the AAA International League.
After winning one and losing three in 36 relief appearances last season with Toronto and Springfield, he was sent to Denver of the class "A" Western League.

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