Braves Get First Sacker
KENNEWICK, Wash., Jan. 17—Latest acquisition for the Tri-City Braves is Bill Haschak, first basemen, purchased from Waterloo of the Three-I league.
The 25-year-old first sacker hit .318 to top his club and finish third in the league. In 337 times at bat Haschak collected 53 runs with 107 hits. Fleet on the bags he stole 15 bases.
Although Haschak is not a long ball hitter he got 10 doubles, three triples and two four baggers last year. He drew 29 walks and drove in 31 runs.
In 1948 he played first base for Hot Springs, hitting .314 and was the second best fielding first basemen in the league. Dick Richards, general manager of the Braves, said that Haschak had been purchased outright from the Chicago White Sox.
KENNEWICK, Jan. 29—Quentin White, described as one of the hottest baseball prospects in the Northwest, was signed to a Tri-Cities Braves contract yesterday. The 20-year-old first baseman bats and throws left handed. He will report to the Braves spring training camp in Lindsey, Calif., on March 18.
Last year the six-foot, shock-headed youth nailed down the initial sack position with the Boise Pilots of the Pioneer class 'C' league. However, an appendicitis operation shortly after he season opened benched him.
A native of Spokane, White played high school baseball four years with Lewis and Clark. In 1947, he represented Spokane in the Brooklyn Dodgers sponsored East-West boys game.
In the past three years he has never hit below .325 and his fielding average has hovered consistently at the 1.000 mark. Prior to signing with the Braves White had received offers from the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Boston Red Sox.