Thursday, 13 March 2008

Spring Training, Wednesday, March 25, 1953

Hernandez Returns to Cap Fold
[Vancouver Province, March 26, 1953]
Vancouver Caps’ pitching staff, to fate long on quantity but somewhat short on quality, received a healthy helping of the latter today.
General manager Dewey Soriano reported from Healdsburg, Calif., training headquarters that righthander Pete Hernandez has been optioned to his Western International League club by Seattle Rainiers.
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It will be a “homecoming” for Hernandez, the little pitcher having spent the 1951 season with the Caps. He was one of the locals’ top moundsmen that season with a respectable 17-4 won-loss average,
Last year he had 5-5 with Memphis of the AA Southern Association, but was handicapped by illness in his family that forced him to miss part of the season.
Hernandez will give the Caps a brother act to replace the Trans, for his younger brother Gordon, an infielder, was purchased last winter from the Pioneer League.
DIAMOND DUST—Speaking of the Trans, that familiar name won’t be in the Caps lineup this summer. . .Ray was sold to Tri-City earlier, and Soriano says Len, who couldn’t agree to salary terms, will definitely be sold. . .When the Caps’ B.C contingent arrives in California, they’ll probably be joined by another Vancouver boy. . .Dewey says Rod Owen has “looked good” in workout with Seattle and will likely be sent to Vancouver by the Coast League club. . “Nothing has been done” about the case of pitcher Bud Guldborg, who’s been training with the San Francisco Seals.
Invited to join the Caps at camp is 28-year-old Larry Manulan, who, a Sacramento sports writer claims, should be the “best centrefielder” in the WIL. Manulan, described as “very colorful,” is supposed to have broken the Sacramento Winter League batting record,
although his average is not available.

Bill Wisneski Fashions Four-Hitter
[Victoria Colonist, March 26, 1953]
BOYER SPRINGS, Calif.—Victoria Tyees participated in an intrasquad game at their nearby Sonoma training camp Wednesday with the Garriotts losing to the Pries team, 9-1.
Bill Prior and Manny Tornay formed the Garriott battery with Prior being tagged for 12 hits. His mates committed three errors.Pries named Bill Wisneski for hurling duties with Sam Brusa as his batterymate. Wisneski came through with a four-hitter and received steady support from his mates being charged with only one error.

Lewiston Broncs Start Training Grind at Home
LEWISTON, Idaho, March 25 — The Lewiston Broncs opened spring training for the 1953 Western International League baseball season Wednesday.
Eleven players were in camp for the start of General Manager Bill Brenner's conditioning program. Nine more were expected during the day and Brenner said as many as 35 may be on band by the end of the week.

Weather Curbs Bronc Turnout
LEWISTON, March 25 — Sixteen players, including five of last year's regulars, turned out for the opening day of spring training at the home camp of the Lewiston Broncs of the Western International Baseball League.
Although the temperature reached 50 degrees, a brisk wind cut short the, first day of training.
Manager Bill Brenner announced a verbal agreement with the San Antonio club of the St Louis Browns under which the Broncs will receive eight players on option this season. It is the third such agreement to be made by Lewiston.

SPOKANE, March 25 — The Spokane Indians weathered cold and wind for one hour Wednesday then moved into the field house to finish out the second day of conditioning for the Western International League baseball season.
Manager Don Osborn said there still is a chance the Indians may move to Lewiston for part of the spring training if the weather continues cold.
Three newcomers showed up for practice Wednesday to bring the turnout to date to 17. New arrivals are Art Worth who played for Calgary in the Alberta League last year; Dan Linton and Nick Buonata.

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