Thursday, 13 March 2008

Pre-Season, Monday, April 20, 1953

PORTLAND, Ore., Apr. 20 — Bill Bottler, right-handed pitcher, has been optioned by the Portland Beavers to Victoria of the Western International League. He had a 6-6 record with Victoria last season.

Tri-City Braves Trip Missionaries 6 to 1
KENNEWICK, April 20 (Special) — The Tri-City Braves of the Western International League made it two wins in a row Monday night over the Whitman College Missionaries when they collected six runs in the first three innings and breezed to a 6-1 victory.
Whitman outhit the Braves 5-3, but 10 walks by Bill Osborne, Whitman's starting pitcher, opened the gate for runs in bunches in the first three innings.
Vic Buccola, Brave first baseman, got two of his team's hits, one a double in the third inning which drove in two runs. Len Tran, Tri-City second sacker, got the other bingle.
For Whitman. Dick Neher had two singles. Del Klicker and Bill Ward had a single apiece and Mert McGrew got a double.
Tri-City scored one run in the first inning on four walks by Osborne.
Three Brave runs clattered across in the second on two walks and two errors, and Buccola drove in the other two tallied with his third-inning double.
McGrew scored Whitman's only run in the fifth. He got on a walk and went on around on singles by Ward and Klicker.
Sid Aronson relieved Osborne in the fourth inning and held the Braves scoreless the rest of the way while giving up two hits.
Tri-City won its first game over Whitman here last Saturday with a 6-5 10-inning victory. The Braves have one more exhibition game before they open the WIL season against Edmonton Friday.
Whitman ..... 000 100 00—1 4 3
Tri-City ....... 132 000 0x—6 3 2
Osborne, Aronson (4) and Neher; Michelson, Piedmont, Hostenbots and Johnson.

Salem Wallops Sacramento In Exhibition Tilt, 15-5
SALEM, Ore., April 20 — Salem of the Western International League defeated Sacramento of the Coast League 15-5 in an exhibition baseball game here Monday night.
Salem Starter Bill Bevens held the Solons scoreless for five innings. Then an error gave Sacramento a run. They added one more that inning, two more in the seventh and one in the eighth.
Sacramento ...... 000 002 210—5 3 1
Salem .............. 033 220 05x—15 17 3
Roenspie, Lorino (5), Brovia (7), Smith (8) and Winter; Bevens, Collins (7) and Masterson, Nelson (7).

Hot Springs Keeps Harmony, Farms Out Two Negroes
HOT SPRINGS, Ark., April 20—In an 11th hour bow to Cotton States league harmony, the Hot Springs baseball club has backed down from its plan to use two Negro pitchers.
The club announced Monday night — just 24 hours before the Class C circuit's opening games — that it had optioned Jim and Leander Tugerson, Brothers of Florence Villa, Fla., to Knoxville, Tenn., of the Class D Mountain States league.
However, the Bather management let it be known it is not giving up its fight to break down the racial barriers in the league embracing Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
The announcement said the Tugersons, stars for Indianapolis of the Negro American league last year, were being sent down on 24-hour recall and expressed hope that "other members of the league will reconsider the matter so we can recall these players."
There were veiled threats by other CSL members, particularly those in Mississippi, of withdrawal in event Hot Springs went through with the plan to use the Negro players.

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