Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Victoria Roundup

By Jim Tang
[from Victoria Colonist, January 24, 1953]
Victoria baseball fans haven’t forgotten Jimmy Clark, the little shortstop who played such a big part in helping the Tyees win the WIL championship last year. Protesting fans have been keeping business manager Reg Patterson’s phone ringing to voice protests ever since it was announced that Clark might be sold. “I don’t dare sell him now,” the harassed Patterson stated last night.
[from January 25] Clearing a mix-up in names. Nanny Fernandez, infielder with the Seattle Rainiers last season, is the player being mentioned as a managerial possibility for Vancouver Capilanos. Eddie Fernandez, the former Coast League catcher who managed Pocatello in the Pioneer League last year, is the new manager at Tri-City, which seems to end any hopes Edo Vanni may have had of remaining in the WIL as a manager…Capilanos have sold Ray Tran, veteran shortstop, to Tri-City…Cal McIrvin, the workmanlike southpaw who pitched so well for the Tyees last season, says he won’t play baseball this season and won’t be reporting to the Spokane Indians, who, understandably, were counting heavily on his services…The Tyees, who play to train at Sonoma this spring, won’t want for training camp competition. Salem Senators plan to condition at Calistoga, the Capilanos will be at Healsburg and Edmonton is thinking about Santa Rosa. All three towns are within short driving distance of Sonoma…Southpaw Ben Lorino is not likely to be back this season but the Tyees should be well fixed on the mound…Jim Hedgecock, who sat it out last season, is likely to return to the Capilanos…can’t help wondering if Alderman Waldo Skillings, in his new position as chairman of the parks board, will play ball with the Tyees this season…the Tyees, incidentally, are again willing to help the Victoria Amateur Baseball Association this season by playing an exhibition game against the amateur all-stars. Plans are also under way for a baseball school for city youngsters.

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