Tuesday, 11 March 2008

Tri-City Sold Again

Braves May Sell to Tri-City A.A.
KENNEWICK, Wash., Dec. 16—The Tri-City Athletic Association has worked out another agreement with the present owners of the Tri-City Braves to buy the Western International League team for $25,000, Association President Harold Matheson announced Tuesday.
A previous agreement for such a deal fell through recently when two of the stockholders refused to accept new stock, demanding cash instead.
Announcement of the new agreement was made by Harold Matheson, president of the Association, Present owners of the club are: Babe Hollingbery, Tom Carrpenter and Hunky Shaw, all of Yakima; Del Kidder, Seattle, and Vern Johnson and Dick Richards, of Tri-City.
Included in the purchase were eight ball players from last season. They are Nick Pesut and Buster Lewis, catchers; Vic Buccola, first baseman; Des Charouhan, second baseman; Don Lopes and Tom Marier, infielders: Joe Scalise, outfielder, and Bill Kostenbader, pitcher.
The new owners said they would hire a new manager. Among those mentioned to the job are Tommy Thompson, manager of Wenatchee in 1950-51; Edo Vanni, who managed Vancouver during the latter part of the 1952 season, when Bill Schuster resigned; Charley Gassaway, 1952 manager of the Tri-City club, and Earl Johnson, former Boston Red Sox and Seattle pitcher, who is reported interested in the job although he has not applied.

Sports Notes
By Gil Gilmore
[Tri-City Herald, Dec. 17, 1952]
Everyone hold your breath now. The ball club deal soon will be official. Here’s hoping the lawyers won’t find something wrong.
The purchase of the Braves for $25,000 seemed to take longer than the peace talks at Panmunjon.
We will have to score one point for Mike Cronin. He wasn’t whistling in the dark, Mike said Monday that a deal would be reached within 72 hours. The deal was closed within 27 hours after Mike made his statement.
Next year I think I’ll have him do my football predictions but right now Mike has a rough job cut out for him. The association needs $18,000 right away. They have nearly $10,000 and Mike knows where he can pick up a couple thousand more.
Lots of people have said when a deal is made, I’ll come through with the money. Okay, it’s made. Now is the time to come through with the cash.
Even after the initial 18,000 is collected more will be needed. There are players to buy, a spring training camp to run and managers to be hired. All that takes dough, too.
Harold Matheson, president of the Association, estimates that about $25,000 above the purchase price will be needed to field a strong team. So any way you look at it the association has a long way to go. It is going to take time and money from thousands of sports fans, but as one said at the meeting Monday: “Without the ball team, it’s going to be a long, dry summer.
I dropped in to see Dick Richards, the general manager, who may soon be out of a baseball job, to find out how he felt about all the dickering that has gone on over the months.
Richards’ quote—I don’t give a damn what they do with it—end of quote.
Dick had just returned from the big shindig down at Phoenix, The trip took him longer than expected because he was snowbound in California for awhile.
Richards said he was made four or five offers to work with clubs in the East but he doesn’t want to live there. He may continue to live in the Tri-Cities but he hasn’t made any decisions yet.
Charlie Gassaway is also a man awaiting a decision. He had a deal lined up with another club when he was at Phoenix but called it off when he heard a deal has been made here. Now he is not too sure just what is going on.
Football may have played an important part in the rapid conclusion of negotiations. Orin Hollingbery has to leave Yakima soon for the East-West game. Hollingbery was in San Francisco when the negotiations took a setback the first time. It is believed he wanted to clean this thing up before leaving Yakima and therefore avoid another long distance haggle.
Bob Greenwood, pitcher for the Braves, is one of the hottest properties to make the majors in the near future, Philly farm system surveyors have told the Sporting News. Bob will report to the Philly farm at Clearwater, Pa., in February.
Ralph Romero and George New of last season’s pitching staff will report to Baltimore. Bob Rittenberg, former Braves first baseman, has been sold by Wichita to Duluth.

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