One League Draw Displays a Boost
VANCOUVER, B. C. Sept. 22 — A total of 717,302 fans, 71,182 more than last year, paid their way to see Western International League baseball games in 1953, President R.P. Brown said yesterday.
Edmonton, playing its first season in the 10-team league, drew 92,758 fans, Lewiston was next with 81,305, followed by Spokane, 80,873; Vancouver, 75,877; Tri-City, 70,638; Wenatchee, 64,036; Yakima, 59,100; Victoria, 55,352, and Calgary, 40,106.
Salem and Spokane, which topped the first and second halves of the split schedule, respectively, failed to attract enough fans through the turnstiles during the playoffs to oust Edmonton from top spot.
Spokane drew 8,430 fans through the turnstiles in the playoffs to boost the year's total to 89,303 and Salem had 6,913 playoff admissions for an over-all total of 88,218.