Thursday, 13 March 2008

Pre-Season, Wednesday, April 8, 1953

Vandals Blank Lewiston Nine
LEWISTON, April 8 — Pitcher Wayne Patrick of the Univerity of Idaho yielded but two hits in six innings to help nail down a 2-0 exhibition baseball victory over the Lewiston Broncs of the Western International League Wednesday.
Idaho ............ 001 010 000—2 6 1
Lewiston ........ 000 000 000—0 3 2
Patrick, Hallett (7) and Ogle; Tench, Clancy (7) and Neal, Cameron (7).

Wenatchee Beats Indians, 7 To 3
McClatchy Newspapers Service
BAKERSFIELD, Kern Co., April 9 — The Wenatchee Chiefs of the Western International League defeated the Bakersfield Indians, 7 to 3, in an exhibition game here last night before 300 chilled fans in the Sam Lynn Park.
Manager Mike McCormick's Chiefs will play Calgary tonight in Porterville. The Indians will meet Calgary tomorrow night on the Porterville field.
Two Wenatchee hurlers, Charley Beamon and Rick Bothello, scattered six Indian safeties, while the Chiefs got to Art Demery, Art Muche and Jerry Kane for 10. Left fielder Vern Richert led the winners with three for five. All of the Tribe's hits were singles.
The line score:
Wenatchee ... 100 103 002— 7 10 2
Bakersfield ... 000 021 000— 3 6 4
Beamon, Bothello 6, and Cuitti; Demery, Muche 2, Kane 8, and Sisler.

Fletcher, Marcucci Play As Edmonton Drops Reds, 6-4
McClatchy Newspapers Service, April 9, 1953

COMPTOX—Manager Guy Fletcher and veteran catcher Lilio Marcucci made their first exhibition appearances as the Modesto Reds dropped a 6-4 decision to Edmonton of the class A Western International League here. The game was called at the end of seven innings because of high winds.
The Reds are playing Manager Albert (Buck) Elliott's Phoenix Senators today. Pitching for the Modestans will be rookie Larry Burgess and ex-Venturan Don Henson.
Greeted by Homers
Fletcher broke into the lineup prematurely yesterday. The veteran Pacific Coast League hurler, who is taking plenty of time in getting in shape, went to the mound in the fourth inning with the intention of easing the ball over the plate.
The Reds were trailing, 4-3, when Grumpy Guy went into the contest. The first two batters to face Fletcher greeted him with home runs.
Grumpy became angered and started to hear flown, using his curve instead of the straight ones, and gave up only one hit the rest of the way until the winds became too gusty and the umpires called the game.
Marcucci also' entered an exhibition for the first time as he caught the last three innings. He plans to go the full nine innings today.
First baseman Dick Wilson, who apparently is as fit as a fiddle after reporting to camp just a few days ago was held hitless yesterday in four trips. He got three hits against Fresno the day before.
The Reds grabbed an early lead as second baseman Pete Moody singled to right, went to third on a two-bagger against the center field wall by Larry Roach and scored on a long fly by Wilson.
Tie Game Up
Edmonton tied it up in the last of the second, scoring a run on a walk and a three bagger by Bill Skurski off Red starter Gene Bryant.
The Reds bounced back to take a 3-1 lead in the top of the third. Moody, the ex-UCLA rookie who has been one of the standouts off the camp, started it off with an other single to right. Roach singled sending Moody all the way to third and Wilson again got another RBI as he sent the center fielder to the wall bring down a long drive.
Dick Moler's grounder forced Roach at second but Moler scored later on an infield hit by Ron Farris.
Bryant began to falter in the third inning and left the mound after he walked three men and yielded three runs.
Mirandette Homers
The two homers in the fourth made it 6-3 for Edmonton. The Reds got their final tally in a home run by third baseman Don Mirandette. Mirandette is hitting well but his arm is improving slowly and he is barely making the throw to first.
Johnny Moore, Milwaukee Brave scout, announced he had talked by telephone to John Mullins, the Braves' farm director, and has been assured of additional help. He said Modesto will have four new playerss from the East soon, probably from the Braves' minor league camp at Wayncross, Ga.
Modesto ..... 120 001 0—4 12 ?
Edmonton .... 013 200 0—6 8 ?

[Victoria Colonist, April 9, 1953]
TRAINING-CAMP LEFTOVERS: Mrs. Irene Gully, wife of the Tyees’ new outfielder, is a professional entertainer who plays with an instrumental trio … Portland’s ownership of righthander Leroy Han, already in the service, and catcher Ron Bottler, who is due for induction in June, is the envy of all Coast League and several major league clubs. Han is rated one of the best prospects to come along in many a year, while the catching Bottler is also considered a cinch for future stardom. Their draft eligibility was a severe blow to the Tyees, who might have had both … Manager Cec Garriott continues to be intrigued by the possibilities he sees in Bill Wisneski. The chunky righthander doesn’t appear to have overpowering speed or curves but he can be hard to hit at times. Whether or not he can justify his manager’s confidence remains to be seen and with the Tyees short of pitching, he’s almost certain to get a good chance to show what he can do … Ron Odekirk, the 19-year-old infield flash who is scheduled to start the season at shortstop, will probably move to second base when Jim Clark reports. Odekirk’s only shortcoming, admittedly judges on a brief showing, appears to be lack of a really good arm and his future may be at second base … Sam Brusa, the new catcher, has an excellent throwing arm and Joe Clardy, who should be the Tyees’ new first baseman, won’t have to concede a thing defensively to any other WHL gateway guardian. He’s a bit of a smoothie around the bag and looks as if he is going to hit well in faster company … Manny Tornay didn’t draw much attention in the first few days in camp but the rookie catcher convinced Garriott he was worth signing with some ringing base hits.
Two of the most amusing incidents in camp involved Ralph Branting, young Duncan catcher, and business manager Reg Patterson. Branting added something to training camp history when he volunteered the information during a casual discussion about smoking that he hadn’t taken a puff for six or seven years, then innocently replied “18” when someone asked him how old he was.
Patterson was all ears when a Sonoma resident came to him with information about a former pro righthander “who could help your club.” The expression on his face when he was told the player in question was none other than Bill Carr was something to see.
DIAMOND DUST: Bill Prior will likely become a full-time performer for the Tyees this season and if he does, the lanky Victoria righthander should be good for 15 or more wins … Bill Werbowski, the little righthander who used to beat Victoria almost every time he tried, has decided to remain out of organized baseball … Leo Righetti, former Victora infielder, is with the San Francisco Seals … Three former Tyees are early sensations with Portland. Southpaw Jehosie Heard pitched eight scoreless innings of relief in the first series against Los Angeles, outfielder Granny Gladstone hit three home runs and batted in seven runs, while Bob Moniz, kept out of a few games with a bad back, had there singles and a triple in eight trips on Sunday and made the fielding play of the day in right field … Coast league clubs had more than 50 ex-WIL players on their rosters when the season opened and at least 30 of them will stay for the season. That’s a good average, particularly in view of the fact that Los Angeles and Hollywood have no WIL grads … The Tyees are on the prowl for pitching help, which they still need, but are in good shape otherwise … Herman Charles, the Panamanian outfielder recommended by Granny Gladstone, won’t be with the Tyees this season.

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