Wednesday, 8 August 2007

Another Vancouver Preview

Vancouver To Depend On Vets
(Editor's Note: This is the sixth in a series of nine dispatches on the 1950 pennant chances of Western International League baseball teams.)
[blogger note - yes, I know the last one that was posted was the first in a series. Beats me what the paper did with stories two through five. Grrrr.]

VANCOUVER, B. C., April 15, (UP) — Veterans are what the Vancouver Capilanos are pinning their hopes on in the 1950 Western International league pennant scramble.
When the Caps open the season here next Tuesday, the infield for example will be composed of holdovers with but one exception.
The new addition is rookie Jimmy Moore at second base. The 19-year-old failed to make the grade last spring and was shipped to the Pioneer league.
But otherwise the same old faces will peer at the stands from the other two sacks and short. Dependable Ray Tran goes at shortstop while speedster Jimmy Robinson Is back at the hot corner. Gangling Bob McLean completes the infield.
Vancouver drew the opening assignment against the Tri-City Braves. The two teams will first clash in a series of three games starting 8 p.m. Tuesday. They will be followed by Tacoma on April 21 for a four - game series. Following this latter series the Braves open the Yakima park against the Yakima team.
The Caps, who won the WIL Shaughnessy playoff against Yakima last fall, will present Charley Mead in right field for the fifth year. Center garden management appears farmed to Reg Clarkson, Victoria flash who broke in with Vancouver two years ago but dropped out of pro ball in 1949 to pace the hitting department of the Alberta semi-pro league.
Ev Pearson, who worked out at Seattle Rainier spring quarters, was the first rookie to make the Vancouver squad. Hitting cleanup, Pearson will start the season in left field.
Manager Bill Brenner wil backbone the mask department again and expects to work 50 games this season. Earl Motsinger, here via the St. Louis Browns chain, and Bill Heisner so far have failed to conjure up memories of Bud Sheely in his left handed batting power.
The mound corps is fully versed with Vancouver lore. There are veteran righthanders
Bob Snyder, Hunk Anderson, Bob Costello and George Nicholas. Holdover Carl Gunnarson is the number one southpaw while fireballer Paul Spurlock is the best rookie flinger. Steve Kuljis and Harry Nygard round out the mound crew.

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