Thursday, 13 March 2008

Spring Training, Wednesday, April 1, 1953

Stars Down Edmonton
Special To The [Fresno] Bee
ANAHEIM, April 2—The Visalia Stars got off to a successful start in their Spring practice exhibition schedule here yesterday with a 11 to 7 win over the Edmonton team of the Western International League.
Manager Jerry Gardner's Stars rapped 14 hits off three Edmonton pitchers. Star first baseman Jack O'Keefe belted a 380-foot home run over the right field wall, a triple and a pair of singles to pay the way.
Rookie right fielder Sam Hill got two doubles and a pair of singles also for Visalia.
The Stars moved to Compton to play Edmonton again today.
Visalia ....... 11 14 5
Edmonton .. 7 9 1
Beene, Theodis (6) and Gardner, Barnes (6); Caster, Conant (4), Eskenberry (7) and Pisani.

Tyees Forced to Reslate Salem Game
[Victoria Colonist, April 3, 1953]
SONOMA, California—Victoria Tyees missed another pre-season exhibition game Wednesday when Salem Senators failed to put in an appearance.
The Salem management thought the game was scheduled for Friday and new arrangements have been made to play the game then.
Tyees used the open date for a workout which proved costly when rookie infielder Dave Brien suffered a badly-smashed nose when accidentally hit by a bat swung by Ross Washington.
One player was added to the roster when Manny Tornay was signed to a contract. He has been hitting well in workouts and will likely win his share of the catching duties.
Victoria righthander Bill Prior is returning home but will rejoin the club later, either for full-time duty or for home.

CALGARY, April 1—Calgary Stampeders of the Western International League have obtained outfielder Haig Lavery on option from San Francisco, the club announced today.

EDMONTON, April 1—Rookie catcher Vince Pisani of Sacramento, Calif., signed for a bonus by the New York Yankees and then optioned to Edmonton of the Western International Baseball League, has returned his signed contract to Eskimos. This will be the first year of organized baseball for the 21-year-old Pisani.

Tri-City Braves Begin Workouts
KENNEWICK, April 1 — The Tri-City Braves began spring practice today with 10 players, most of the pitchers, reporting for work outsin clear weather at Sanders Field here.
Manager Edo Vanni said he expects about 30 players to report for practice soon. The Braves' exhibition schedule will start Sunday against the Mavericks at Walla Walla State Prison.

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