Thursday, 13 March 2008

Pre-Season, Monday, April 6, 1953

Calgary Belts Chiefs
McClatchy Newspapers Service
PORTERVILLE, Tulare Co., April 7—The Calgary Stampeders scored 11 runs in the first two innings and went on to rack up a 12 to 10 win over the Wenatchee Chiefs here last night in a wind-blown exhibition game.
The Stampeders will travel to Fresno tonight to play the Fresno State College Bulldogs. April 18th the Bulldogs will come here for a return game.
Last night Calgary collected six hits in the first inning including a triple by first baseman Jerry Cruger. In the second the winners continued their onslaught with five hits including doubles by Manager Gene Lillard and shortstop Al Cohen.
Wenatchee exploded for eight runs in the eighth off rookie righthander Gail Pennington from Exeter. Bob Roberts hurled three hit shutout ball for the six innings for Calgary.
The score:
Wenatchee ... 000 000 280—10 10 2
Calgary ........ 650 000 01x—12 11 3
Amia, Trice (1), Rasmussen (7) and Ciutti; Roberts, Pennington (7), Labota and Lillard, Hopper (8).

Reds Drop First Exhibition;
Are To Face Fresno Today

McClatchy Newspaper Service
ONTARIO, April 6—The Modesto Reds headed for Fullerton today to meet the Fresno Cardinals in their first taste of competition against California League clubs following their opening exhibition loss to Edmonton, Canada, of the Western International, League, 5-2.
The Reds got both their runs in the fifth when shortstop Richie Morse opened with a single and left handed hitting second sacker Pete Moody rapped a triple to center. Morse scored the second run when Edmonton's shortstop dropped an easy pop fly.
Edmonton .... 200 300 0—5 8 2
MODESTO .... 000 020 0—2 5 2

Chiefs Get Pair
HOLLYWOOD, April 6—Charley Beamon, the McClymonds high hurler who showed plenty during the spring training grind, has been optioned to Wenatchee of the Western International League by the Oakland Oaks, there to work under Mike McCormick, as has Babe Fuhrman.

Beavers Send Tyees Mound Help; Chase, Bottler, Two More Coming
[Victoria Colonist, April 7, 1953]
Victoria Tyees, almost set for the 1953 WIL season except on the mound, received some welcome news from the Portland Beavers yesterday.
Struggling through manager Cec Garriott’s rugged conditioning schedule and a full slate of exhibition games without enough pitching to do the job satisfactorily, the Tyees were bolstered by the announcement that Portland Beavers are sending righthanders Frank Chase and Bill Bottler to their Sonoma training camp and expect to send along two more pitchers some time before the April 30 cut-down time in the Coast League. The Tyees open their season at home on April 23 and would appear to have no more mound worries, even if they should sell Ben Lorino.
At the moment, the WIL champions can count on Lorino, Bill Wisneski, Bill Priot and Don Hopp in addition to chase and Bottler. No announcement was made about who else the Beavers may send but it is almost certain that one of the later additions will be Dick Waibel and there is a chance that the other will be Roy Welmaker, hard-throwing Negro southpaw with several seasons of Coast League experience.
Waibel, a big, young righthander who was briefly with the Tyees in 1951, has been looking extremely good in games with the Beavers and is being kept for a longer look. Welmaker, used mostly in relief by the Beavers last season, may lose his job to Jehosie Heard, 20-game winner with the Tyees in 1952. If he doesn’t heard will be back. The Baevers have Glen Elliott and Royce Lint as starting southpaws and will probably let either Heard or Welmaker go.
Chase should prove to be an excellent addition. The cocky young righthander owns one of the best curves seen in the WIL and is almost unhittable when he has his control. He compiled a 16-13 record at Spokane last season, pitching 218 innings in 43 games and giving up 193 hits. He struck out 144 but walked 150 batters and hit 15.
Bottler, a big fellow who is doubly valuable because he has definite promise as a hitter and can be used to advantage as a pinch-hitter or in the outfield if the occasion should arise, had a 6-6 record with the Tyees last season. Lack of control is also his trouble but he figures to improve in his second pro season. He only have up 62 hits in 90 innings last season but walked 107.
Nothing definite has been done as yet regarding the possible sale of Lorino. Both San Francisco and Sacramento are interested in the big southpaw but business manager Reg Patterson is holding out for a deal which will bring the Tyees a mound replacement, either on option or as part of the sale price. San Francisco wants Lorino on a “look” basis and can do business if the Seals are willing to send Ray McNulty or another suitable pitcher on option in return for the look.
Meanwhile, plagued by their mound shortcomings and with results influenced by Garriott’s desire to have a good look at all his rookies, the Tyees have been winless in five exhibition games. They lost their fifth Sunday when the powerful Monarch Mantecas scored 14 runs in the last two innings for an 18-7 triumph.
Berlyn Hodges, young Victoria southpaw, gave up four runs in a five-inning stint but the Mantecas unloaded on Armond Noble, a wild rookie, and Hopp. Garriott, playing his first game, led the Tyees at the plate with a bases-loaded double and two singles. Nap Gulley, slated to take Granny Gladstone’s spot in right field, had a double and two singles, and rookie shortstop Ron Odekirk also had a pair of hits fro the losers.
But while results haven’t been too good, Garriott is getting a good idea of what he is likely to have on the line-up on opening day. Gulley, who played the last three seasons at Visalia in the California State League, has been meeting the ball well and is justifying Garriott’s confidence in him. And Joe Clardy and Gale Taylor, first baseman and outfielder, respectively, who were purchased from Las Vegas, have all but one their berths.
Clardy, who led the Southwest International League in runs, hits, total bases and triples, has looked extremely good and is favored to beat out holdover Chuck Abernathy for the first base job. He is an excellent defensive player and hits for good distance. Taylor, who somewhat resembles Olney Patterson, one-time Yankee-owned outfielder with Victoria, has been meeting the ball sharply and is favored to win the left-field post.
Milt Martin, holdover catcher, arrived in camp Sunday to give the Tyees four catchers. The others are Sam Brusa, experienced veteran with Macon in class “A” Sally League last season; Manny Nornay, the San Francisco rookie, and Ralph Branting, Duncan youngster.
Just which two Garriott will keep remains to be seen. Martin appears a cinch for one job with Brusa having a wide edge in experience on Tornay, who has shown definite promise as a hitter. Branting, who has handled himself well enough in inter-squad games, will probably return home.
If the Tyees decide on Brusa and Martin, Tornay will likely be optioned to Carlsbad of the class “C” Longhorn League for experience. The Carlsbad club, which earlier purchased third baseman John Treece from the Tyees, have asked for a pitcher, catcher and outfielder. They may get Tornay and Hodges, who has won Garriott’s favor with his posie but who is not get ready for class “A” baseball. The Tyees may also elect to send one of their outfielders, perhaps Walt Tyler, to Carlsbad to keep strings on as many players as possible who may help them next season—or even this if the need should arise.
Several rookies will be sent home in the next day or two with the Tyees cutting their roster to about 20 players for the trip home. It is expected that Noble, infielder Dave Brien and pitcher John Strem will be the next to go. Outfielder Joe Wainwright left the club last week.

today’s fanfare
Wherein We ‘Crystal Ball’ The Roster for Our Side
By Eric Whitehead
[Vancouver Prov. April 7, 1953]
HEALDSBURG—With due respect to the last colorful kicks of the pro hockey season, here from the sun-kissed coastal plains of California is a scribe’s-eye view of the ’53 Capilanos ball club as it shapes up to date.
Starting at the top, the front office-field manager team of Dewey Soriano and Harvey Storey gets a four-star rating in our little blue book. “Satchel” Soriano (he bustles around constantly clutching a battered leather satchel, presumably, according to the players, stuffed with dollar bills) is immensely respected, albeit feared, as a straight, tough dealer. Storey, at 36 still a sound third-baseman, is a quiet, soft-spoken guy, in somewhat direct opposite to his “bashful” predecessor, “Wild Bill” Schuster.
He helps his ballplayers, if well like by both rookies and veterans. Both from the same Coast League baseball school of the same era, Soriano and Storey make an ideal combo.
On the field, it’s still much too early to call the shot on the final roster of the club’s pennant chances. Conforming to the essential facts of life in the bush leagues, the Caps won’t really learn who’s on first until the parent club—in this case, Seattle—finishes spring pruning.
Cap Fans Will Love the Moose
In the outfield, for instance, only one position is set. That position is right field, which will certainly be patrolled by Frank “Moose” Mascaro, the ex-GI who hit .348 for Yakima in 1950. The Moose is just now getting his eye back. He’s be a very popular player in Vancouver.
In exhibition games, Dick Briskey has been played in centre, with Jim Wert in left. Wert will certainly move back to first base. Ron Bowen, a husky newcomer who has been given a chance at first, is a powerful hitter but is inadequate afield. He won’t come north with the club.
Storey claims that he might keep Briskey—an infielder—in the outfield, but we can’t see this happening. The Caps will certainly get at least one first-line outfielder from Seattle, probably K. Chorlton, maybe Gord Brunswick, plus, probably, one first-line catcher.
The catcher could be either Claude Christie (if first choice) or Don Lundberg.
Here’s the way those developments probably figure:
Wert is a fixture at first, Storey at third and young pepperpot Chuck Davis at short. Gordon Hernandez, brother of pitcher Pete, is a question mark at second.
If and when the club gets its basic requirements from the Rainiers—an outfielder and a catcher—we’ll likely see Briskey moved in to second base and hard-hitting catcher Sam Hairston moved into the outfield, from where he could split the backstop duties.
MacKay’s Camp’s ‘Sunrise Package’
If the Rainiers come through with just a pair of outfielders, Storey will probably go along with promising rookie Jack Johnson as a spare receiver, and will shift Briskey into the infield.
The pitching is already pretty set, with Van Fletcher, Pete Hernandez, Dale Thomason and Jim Hedgecock (the sole lefty) comprising a pretty formidable quartet of starters. Storey may get another starter from among his youngsters crop, which includes Lon Meyers, Rod Owen, Rod MacKay, Glen Hyatt and Bob Stuart.
Watch this Vancouver youngster MacKay. Already the surprise package at the spring camp, he might well go on from there and be the surprise package of the season.
And of course there is always Carl “Eternal” Gunnarson, the portside sage of Manitoba, doubling in brass as trainer and bullpen rescue-squad.
Put it all together and it adds up to the promise of a hustling, colorful season for the faithful patrons of the arts, Little Mountain style.

Coast Player Dies After Hitting Double
SAN DIEGO, Calif., April 6 —Pacific Coast baseball fans today mourned the death of a 27-year-old outfielder who died of a reported heart attack minutes after he was stricken on the field.
Herbert Allen (Herb) Gorman, outfielder for the San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League, died yesterday after he suddenly called for help in the sixth inning of a game between the Padres and Hollywood Stars.
He signaled teammates from his outfield position that he wasn't feeling well. In the dressing room he told Padre Manager Lefty O'Doul: "Those sausages I had for breakfast didn't agree with me." Moments later he lapsed into unconsciousness and was rushed to Mercy Hospital. Ambulance attendants said he died on the way.
Gorman's wife, the former Rosalie Bloom, who married the P.C.L. star less than a year ago, was in the stands watching the game.
Gorman had just gone to the outfield after he drove in a run for the Padres with a double when he was stricken.
The attack came in the first game of a double-header. Gorman had hit two doubles, one in the second and another run-producer in the fourth. There were no runs after Gorman was taken from the playing field. In the ninth inning, when officials were told of Gorman's death, the second game was called off. Word of his death was announced to the 3,871 fans just after the game—won by Hollywood 4-2—was over.
Among those watching the contest was Clarence Rowland, president of the league, who said: "Herb Gorman was an outstanding character and a credit to the game. He will be missed."
A native of San Francisco, the popular outfielder resided in Los Angeles. A lefthander both in batting and throwing, he started in baseball in high school, played American Legion ball and began his pro career with Three Rivers of the Canadian-American League in 1946.
In 1947 he hit .351 with Spokane of the Western International League. He led that league in hitting and in runs batted in.
In 1948 he was with Pueblo of the Western League, then joined the Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League for the 1949, 1950 and 1951 seasons. He came to San Diego last year, and was up briefly with the St. Louis Cardinals of the National League. He returned to San Diego for this PCL season which began last Tuesday.
Gorman, a 5 foot, 11 inch 180-pounder had a lifetime hitting average of .313 including 67 home runs. During World War II, he served three years with the coast guard.

Franchise Voided on Racial Issue
HOT SPRINGS, Ark., April 7—Officials of the Hot Springs baseball club said today they would “fight to the finish” to regain its Cotton States league franchise without releasing two Negro players. Directors of the Class C baseball league ousted the Hot Springs club yesterday, just 15 days before the season opener, for refusing to release the Negroes because they have been barred from playing in four Mississippi towns in the league circuit.
Other teams are in Arkansas and Louisiana.
A.G. Crawford, President of the Hot Springs club, called an open meeting of club directors and fans for 11:30 a.m. CST today, to be followed by an executive session of the directors.
“We are not taking it lying down,” Crawford said. “We don't interpret playing colored players on our club as being detrimental to any club (in the league).”
The league directors, after their three-hour closed session yesterday in Greenville, Miss., notified the officials here the action was taken for the sake of the “survival of the league.”
“We hadn't anticipated this sort of reaction,” Crawford said. “We thought there might possibly be a little resentment and we offered to compromise and use the (Negro) players only where they are welcome.
“I think that it will be the unanimous decision of the directors to back any action that would carry this time as far as we can take it. And we are not taking it lying down.”
He said he expected a large number of townspeople and fans to attend today's open session. He said Leslie O'Conner, a member of the executive committee of the National Baseball Association, has been invited and will attend.
Crawford said he did not question the right of the league to expel clubs for “certain violations,” but said he did not consider signing Negro players a violation.
“It was a matter of survival of the league or the transfer of the Hot Springs franchise,” said League President Al Harraway of Helena, Ark.
Harraway said that if the club was allowed to use the Negro players it would “disrupt the Cotton States League and cause its dissolution.”

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