[Victoria Colonist, March 1, 1953]
Victoria Tyees will not have to worry about securing any needed help to strengthen the club in the 1953 Western International Baseball League pennant race.
Business manager Reg Patterson announce yesterday that St. Louis Browns have guaranteed to supply players that may be needed by the Tyees. Patterson emphasized, however, that the agreement with the Browns does not hurt the working pact with Portland Beavers in any way. The Tyees will not turn down any player optioned by the Beavers unless he fails to come up to standards required.
The Browns have already supplied the names of nine players they are willing to send to the Tyees. They include five right-handed pitchers, two outfielders, and infielder and a catcher.
The players offered are Doster Dillon, 20, a pitcher from Tacoma; G. Tench, a pitcher from Rossland, B.C. who reportedly had a good season with Scranton of the Class “A” Eastern League last season; R. Rolfe, 20, a pitcher from Park Lane, Washington, D. Scott, 21, a hurler from Modesto; L. Yount, 20, pitcher from Mollas, California; outfielders Wayne Clary, 22, and R. Hurst, 23, from Stockton; infielder John Thompson, 22, from San Francisco; and catcher C. Neal, 21, from Los Angeles.
Neal has already been scouted by manager Cec Garriott as a possible replacement for Ron Bottler, who has been called for his army physical examination March 9.
Meanwhile, Bill Prior, big Victoria righthander, left yesterday for a tryout with the Portland club, where he will join Bob Moniz, Don Pries, Ben Lorino and Jim Clark, already in camp.