Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Tri-City Names G.M.

Association Hires Las Vegas Manager
Baseball's 'Tallest' Takes Job

[Tri City Herald, Jan. 23, 1953]
A man who made $10,000 for a team in a Class C league that was going broke was hired as general manager of the Tri-City Braves Thursday night by the Tri-City Athletic association board.
He is Len Monheimer, a 6-foot 8 inch giant who is 29 years old.
Monheimer came to the Tri-Cities Thursday and was hired by the board after long interviews. He will take over immediately.
Formerly he was with Las Vegas in the Southwest International League. The league had troubles last season and four of the teams gave up.
The other four teams will continue to operate this year.
Monheimer recently has been helping them recruit more teams for the league. After finishing that business, he came here to take the Tri-City job.
Some time ago, the Sporting News dubbed Monheimer “the tallest general manager in baseball” and the fitting title has stuck.
He started with the baseball business end of things in Ontario, Cal., as business manager. Babe Dahlgren gave him his start there.
He was with Redding in the Far West League before it went broke two years ago. He was secretary for the California league and the Far West League.
Monheimer said today he is impressed “with the remarkable money raising job done here in recent weeks to keep the ball club in the Tri-Cities.”
He said he has several promotional ideas to boost baseball in this area.
The new business manager has been conferring with association board members, on the playing manager. When that position is filled, he will return to Las Vegas to arrange his affairs there and then again return to the Tri-Cities.

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