Tuesday, 11 March 2008

Tri-City Deal Off

Snag Turns Up In Tri-City Baseball Deal
KENNEWICK, Wash., Dec. 6—A misunderstanding has upset what was believed to be the completed sale of the Tri-City Braves of the Western International Baseball League.
Harold Matheson, president of the Tri-City Athletic Association, said Friday it has been his understanding two of the club’s present seven stockholders would accept stock in the association as partial payment for the club.
However, the two stockholders, Vern Johnson of Kennewick and Del Kidder of Seattle, informed him they want $7,000 each in cash or interest in the new club—not the Athletic Association.
Matheson said negotiations would be continued as soon as Orin Hollingbery returns from San Francisco, where he is working in connection with the East-West football game.

By Gil Gilmore

[Tri-City Herald, Dec. 7, 1952]
The latest setback in the ball club negotiations will cause everyone to lose on the deal if there isn't some action soon.
All teams in the league have their managers name for next season except the Tri-City club. All teams have worked out any deals they may have with clubs of higher classification except for Tri-City. The other club have started selecting, buying and trading players the Braves have to stand still.
If the impasse continues, the Braves are pretty certain to get leftovers which is a heck of a way to try and start out with a strong baseball team—either here or at Eugene.
I'll confess I was a little surprised that Del Kidder had reportedly agreed to the plan as the Athletic Association understood it. Kidder is from Seattle and I doubt if he has any interest in the local doings of the Tri-Cities. So naturally he wants his dough back and all of it.
But the Athletic Association has rightly backed away from the $40,000 price tag. There isn't any way you can add eight class A players, a franchise, 20 uniforms and playing equipment, and come up with $40,000.
I almost forgot about those valuable trucks that go in on the deal. I understand they carry a price tag of $3,500. Of all the things that contributed to the Braves seventh-place position, the vehicles- held No. 1 spot.
After a journey to Vancouver or Victoria, it took lanky players like Bob Greenwood three days to get the kinks out of their joints. The Braves were the only club in the league that carried their players in sardine cans. In any case, the Booster club is going to have trouble raising the money to buy the club if it has a reasonable price tag attached.
The association is familiar with the money-raising situation. Three years ago they were unable to make it and had to go in debt for Sanders field.
Had they been able to reach their goal, the association could buy the club now without an additional money-raising campaign.
Although the deal is still snarled, there is a good possibility that something can be worked out. If you plan to invest in the Booster club, don't let the present situation hold you back.
If things should fold completely, the money will be returned. All cash sent to the Boosters at Box 132, Kennewick, is placed in a local bank where it will be held in escrow until a final decision is made.

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