Chorlton Recalled By Seattle;
Hack, Sportstop, to Join A’s
VICTORIA, [Colonist, June 20, 1950]—Winners of 20 of their last 30 games, only half a game out of fifth place and pointing for a first-division berth, Victoria Athletics tonight face the fast-moving Braves at Tri-City minus the services of K. Chorlton, speedy centrefield star who shares the club batting leaf with Gene Thompson at .333.
INJURIES HIT SUDS
Chorlton, optioned to Victoria on a 24-hour recall basis, was yesterday ordered to join the Seattle Rainiers by General Manager Earl Sheely. His recall was made necessary by injuries to Seattle outfielders. Al Lyons and Frank Colman were already nursing injuries when Bill Ramsay collided with the wall at Los Angeles, Sunday, and hurt his arm. Sheely promised that Chorlton would be sent back as soon as possible and it seems likely that he will be away only a week—unless he find Coast League pitching so much to his liking that he is able to earn himself a regular berth.
However, the news was tempered somewhat by the announcement by Business Manager Reg Patterson that the Athletics had purchased outfielder John Hack from the New York Yankee chain and the Yankees were sending shortstop George Washburn to Victoria on option. Both players were with Twin Falls and their availability was made possible by the fact the Yankees have signed several collegiate stars whom they wish to send to their Pioneer League farm club.
If Hack doesn’t arrive, Bill Dunn will man Chorlton’s vacated position in the outfield and in the batting order until the new players arrive. The acquisition of Washburn does not necessarily mean that Don Alfano won’t be kept. Manager Marty Krug will probably take a look at both players before making his decision.
BARRETT IN W.I.L.?
League gossip has Kewpie Dick Barrett, long a Coast League favorite and recently released by San Diego, playing with a W.I.L. club with Yakima or Vancouver his most likely destination. Edo Vanni is also likely to be joining a W.I.L. club as soon as his suspension ends. Salem seems his most likely club. The Senators failed to pursuade Bob Jensen to join them and the big righthander, released Saturday by Victoria, will leave today for his home in San Francisco.
WIL Takes No Action on Vanni
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Western International league baseball teams resume play Tuesday with the Wenatchee Chiefs appearing in the best spot to move up in the standings. There were no games Monday night.
Wenatchee, now knotted with Yakima in second place, takes on the seventh place Spokane Indians who just finished losing five straight to Yakima.
The toughest series pairs Victoria's seven-game win streak with the five-game skein of Tri-City on the latter's home field. Yakima hosts the sagging Tacoma pace-setters, and Vancouver moves south against the off-and-on Salem Senators.
League directors met in Tacoma Monday in what President Robert Abel described as a routine session. In the only announced action, directors left the status of outfielder Edo Vanni up to Abel. Vanni was suspended and then released by Victoria after a beef with the umpires. Abel said he would place a limit on the suspension in the event Vanni is signed by another WIL team.
TACOMA, June 20—Yakima's Nini Tornay, currently rapping the horsehide at a .390 clip, continues to pace Western International batters, figures released today by the league office disclosed, and his lead is a comfortable one.
The Bear catcher's nearest rival is Glenn Stetter, who carried a .361 mark to Spokane when he was traded over the weekend by the Tacoma Tigers, with Sol Israel the second party in the even-up swap.
In third place and a newcomer to the elite circle is Jerry Zuvella, Yakima Rookie, who hoisted his willow mark to .350, an increase of 29 points in a week's time, vaulting over six W-I regulars in his move up the ladder.
Joe Rossi, Spokane catcher, found the range again and clouted a pair of homers to increase his league-leading circuit smash total to 10, as against eight for Gene Thompson of Victoria, the runner-up. Close on Thompson's heels were Tri-City's Jim Warner, who belted a pair of roundtrippers in one game Sunday at Tacoma, and Tacoma's Dick Greco, who produced one of the four-ply wallops in the same contest, each having seven to his credit.
Wimpy Quinn of Tacoma managed to propel only one teammate across the plate during the week, and his league-leading total of 56 runs batted in was being threatened seriously by Jim Westlake of Yakima, who now has 55, up by 10 from a week ago.
The averages of the leading batters, including games of Sunday, June 18:
G AB H RBI HR Ave
Tornay, Yak. ....... 42 136 53 28 1 .390
Stetter, Tac.-Spo... 52 183 66 42 4 .361
Zuvella, Yak. ...... 35 103 36 18 1 .350
Greco, Tac. ........ 57 210 72 45 7 .343
Chorlton, Vic. ..... 60 249 83 42 4 .333
Thompson, Vic. ..... 60 225 75 39 3 .333
L. Tran, Van. ...... 44 151 50 29 1 .331
Hjelmaa, Wen. ...... 51 188 62 31 0 .300
Ragni, Wen. ........ 38 107 35 17 1 .327
Rossi, Spok. ....... 58 206 87 42 10 .325
Sinovic, Van. ...... 35 135 43 30 2 .319
McCawley, Yak. ..... 28 101 32 20 2 .317
Cheso, Yak. ........ 60 212 67 39 1 .316
Pocekay, Wen. ...... 59 221 69 43 3 .309
Gifford, Tac. ...... 55 196 60 20 0 .301
Len Neal, Wen. ..... 56 205 62 25 3 .302
Wasley, Salem ...... 58 204 61 32 4 .295
Brenner, Van. ...... 41 115 34 27 4 .296
Vanni, Vic. ........ 39 162 49 22 1 .296
Fischer, Tac. ...... 35 81 24 18 1 .296