Thursday, 13 March 2008

Pre-Season, Friday, April 10, 1953

CALGARY — A seven-run rally in the last two innings failed to pull the game out of the fire for Calgary Stampeders as they dropped a 10-7 exhibition baseball verdict to Wenatchee Chiefs at Porterville, Calif., Thursday.

Jim Clark to Join Tyees at Camp; Pitcher Search On
[Victoria Colonist, April 11, 1953]
Victoria Tyees, worried about an unexpected pitching situation, received considerable consolation yesterday with the announcement that Jim Clark, all-star shortstop of the Western International Baseball League last season, is due to report to their Sonoma, Cal., training camp today.
Clark injured the fingers of his throwing hand at his job during the winter but reported to business manager Reg Patterson that his injury is healed and that he expects to be as good as new.
Return of the fancy fielding shortstop rounds out the Victoria infield. Clark is expected to take over at his position by opening game on April 23. Holdover Don Pries will be at third base and Joe Clardy, purchased from Las Vegas, is expected to get the call at first base,
That leaves second base open but the Tyees have no worries there. If Clark is able to play, manager Cec Garriott can choose between holdover Lu Branham, colored speedster, or rookie Ron Odekirk, who joined the club as a shortstop but may now be convefted into a second baseman.
Meanwhile, Victoria pitching problems became more acute with the announcement that Ben Lorino, 24-game winner, has been sold to Sacramento of the Coast League on a 30-day look. The Tyees, who could ill afford to let Lorino go, felt the big fellow deserved a chance in faster company. There is a possibility that Sacramento may send the Tyees a pitcher whether or not they keep Lorino.
Lorino’s department left the club with little in the way of pitching except for Bill Prior, Bill Wisneski and Bill Bottler, who is expected from Portland. The club has several rookies in camp but none of them has shown enough to warrant the belief that they can be regular starters in the class “A” loop.
The situation was forced on the Tyees when it became known yesterday, that expected help from Portland won’t be forthcoming. It had been announced that the Beavers would send along Frank Chase and one or two other pitchers but Chase has received his army call and Portland manager Clay Hopper has decided to keep all nine pitchers listed on his roster.
Reg Patterson, general manager of the Victoria club, stated last night that the hunt was on for two or three pitchers and that he expected something tangible within the next few days.

Guldborg Checks Into Healdsburg Training Base
[Vancouver Province, April 11, 1953]
HEALDSBURG, Calif.—The pitching sutuation of the Vancouver Capilanos was improved Friday when Bud Guldborg checked in and agreed to terms. Bud, who had a tryout with San Francisco of the Coast League, [word unreadable] winner with a 15-12 won-loss [unreadable] year.
He gives the Caps four top starting pitchers, the others being Pete Hernandez, Van Fletcher and Jim Hedgecock. Dale Thomason, a 9-10 pitcher with Lewiston in ’52, may be a fifth.
Hernandez has been designated by Manager Harvey Storey as his starting pitcher in the Vancouver team’s opener at home, April 23, against Lewiston.

CALGARY, April 11—Bob Schulte, hard-throwing southpaw who won 10 games for Lewiston last season, has been sold to the Calgary Stampeders of the WIL by San Diego.

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