Thursday, 13 March 2008

Pre-Season, Thursday, April 9, 1953

Lewiston Evens Series
LEWISTON, April 9 — Lewiston of the Western International League evened its exhibition baseball series with the University of Idaho, 5-1. Thursday, Idaho won 2-0 Wednesday.

Two S.F. Hurlers Sent to Minors
SAN FRANCISCO, April 9—Two San Francisco Seal righthanded pitchers have been sent back to minor loop clubs, the Seal office announced this morning.
Ken Wright, who came to the Seals from Yakima on option, has been sent to Beaumont of the Texas League. Bud Guldborg, with the Seats from Vancouver on a trial basis, has been returned. Both of them have pitched several innings of relief for the Seals this season.

Caps Have Very Good ‘If’ Club

Province Sports Writer
HEALDSBURG, Calif. [April 10]—It rained here Thursday (Friday papers please copy), but it takes more than a little California dew to curtail production in the rumor department at a baseball spring training camp.
If all the ball players who “might” end up playing for a ball team were laid end to end, they’d stretch from here to Yankee Stadium (which is where most ball players want to end up stretching).
Here’s a sample of the ifs and maybes available to a baseball writer after just one day in the camp of the WIL’s Caps.
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General Manager Dewey Soriano announced unhappily that Seattle wants catcher-outfielder Sam Hairston back. Seems Seattle has some kind of an agreement with Chicago White Sox, and the Chisox want Sam, one of the Caps’ most popular (and capable) performers in their farm system.
Dewey says Sam doesn’t want to leave, another announcement from Seattle gave him his best argument against the departure of the husky Negro. The Rainiers sold catcher Don Lundberg, who the Caps were counting on getting, to Tulsa of the Texas League. If Hairston goes, the Vancouver team will have one receiver, rookie Jack Johnson, who’s slated to be farmed out.
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Mind you, the rumor department does mention a couple of other catchers who might be available. There’s Jack Warren, a .363 hitter with Tacoma in 1949, and a Coast Leaguer after that, who’s thinking of returning to baseball after sitting out a year. There’s also a fellow named Watson, who is alleged to have hit .325 in Class B ball last year.
Soriano’s outfield woes could be solved, too, if the scuttlebutt can be believed. A flychaser named John Kovenz, who hit .305 and stole 33 bases at Tri-City last year, might be persuaded to play for the Caps.

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