Thursday, 13 March 2008

Pre-Season, Thursday, April 16, 1953

Rain Vetos Caps-Salem Exhibition

Province Sports Writer
HEALDSBURG [April 17]—It rained again in California Thursday—that makes at least twice in 1953—and washed out Vancouver Caps last spring training game here against Salem.
Manager Harvey Storey and the ball players were just as happy. It gave them a couple of extra hours jump in the long haul to Yakima, where the Caps play Saturday and Sunday. Everyone’s driving.
Thursday’s washout was only the second of the Vancouver team’s stay here and that, in light of some of the club’s spring woes of recent years, is, to be conservative, very good.
General Manager Dewey Soriano before heading for Seattle Wednesday said he was generally satisfied with the team’s move to California this year. Crowds were poor for all the Caps’ games, but Dewey didn’t mind that so much. “We got a break in the weather,” he said, “and that’s the important thing.”
There’s no comparison between the condition of the players this year and last when even everybody complained of the cold and the team got in about half a dozen spring games. This year, the Caps have played 13—winning 12—and still have three more in Yakima.

Calgary Buys Chief Pitchers
WENATCHEE, April 16—Righthanded pitchers Bill Stites and Ed Kapp have been sold by the Wenatchee Chiefs to Calgary, new Canadian team in the Western International League.
Stites had a 13-20 record with Yakima and Wenatchee last year and Kapp, used mostly as a relief pitcher, posted a 2-5 mark with the Chiefs.
Wenatchee defeated Calgary 15-5 Tuesday night Chiefs General Manager Frank Dasso reported, in the final contest of a six-game exhibition series. Wenatchee won five of the six games, which were placed at Porterville and Lindsay, Calif., training sites of the two clubs.

Bricker Is Sold
SANTA BARBARA, April 16—The Santa Barbara Dodgers of the California League have sold Don Bricker, a catcher, to Calgary of the Western International League.
Bricker is a former Fresno State College baseball player who joined the Santa Barbara club
along with southpaw pitcher Jake Abbott two seasons ago.

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