Saturday, 4 August 2007

Jottings From The Wl League Baseball Front

SEATTLE, Feb. 27 —(UP) — Random notes from the Western International League baseball front:
Percy Fisher, who has signed a 1950 Yakima contract, becomes the second colored ball player in the WI League. The first was Art Pennlngton, who got into 18 games for Salem last season after coming down from Portland.
The right-handed Fisher compiled a nine-and-nine record for Redding, Calif., of the Class D Far West League last season.
The Wenatchee Chiefs are reported interested in Larry Neal, 19-year-old colored player signed by Oakland.
Neal, who performed with Santa Monica Junior college last season, impressed Oakland manager Charley Dressen with an exceptional fielding performance. Neal is being used at shortstop and second base.
Four Yakima Bears will wear Victoria uniforms this season. Vearl Moore and Al Smith were the objects of a straight player deal between the Athletics and the Bears, Gene Thompson and Bus Sporer moved to the Canadian Island club in earlier deals.
The Tri-City Braves have scheduled 16 pre-season games, half of which will be played at their Lindsay, Cal., camp, and the remainder on the road.
The Spokane Indians have selected Lewiston, Ida., as the site for their spring training camp, opening March 27. Great Falls and Boise of the Pioneer League also will do their training there.
Jim Dalton once again will be trainer for the Tacoma Tigers. During the winter, the Bremerton-based Dalton worked as a masseur at the Elks conditioning room with Jack Rockwell, last year's Bluejacket trainer.
Three of the eight "Willy" loop teams will use training sites in British Columbia. The Wenatchee Chiefs are dickering for exchange games with Vancouver and Victoria in the Okanokan Valley. Wenatchee will be at Oliver, Vancouver at Penticton and Victoria at Kamloops.
The Vancouver Capilanos have picked up two prospects from Bellingham. They are Marvin Einerwold, combination first sacker-outfielder; and Andy Padavon, catcher with 12 years experience with the semi-pro Bellingham Bells.

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