Saturday, 11 August 2007

Monday, May 1, 1950


Seattle Ready to Make Deal with Capilanos
By HUGH WATSON [Vancouver Daily Province, May 2, 1950]
General Manager Bob Brown of the Vancouver Capilanos opened negotiations with Seattle Rainiers today for second baseman Len Tran.
Earl Sheely, just back from San Diego where he watched his Rainiers lose eight straight games to the Padres, told The Daily Province that it is now “up to Brown.”
“The terms,” added Sheely, “are not too severe.”
Sheely admitted Brown had already broached the subject in a long-distance phone call to San Diego last week.
“I think it can be arranged,” said Sheely. “If Brown wants him, he can have him.”
Ssheely also dispelled rumors of Ray Tran going to the Rainiers to plug an infield gap.
“We gave Ray much thought and manager Paul Richards was agreeable, but we decided that isn’t where we need help,” declared the Seattle general manager.
“Our problem isn’t centred around one position. We need strengthening all over. The sooner we get it the better, but Ray Tran doesn’t shape into our plans just yet. But the way we are going, who knows?”
Sheely just wasn’t making conversation. Seattle set a new Coast League record Sunday when they lost a doubleheader. The twin defeat gave them six wins and 25 losses for the season.
Meanwhile, Brown quickly verified the San Diego-Vancouver telephone call with Sheely. “They know we want Len,” said Brown. “He will come to us on Seattle’s terms if we get him.”
Len Tran played three brilliant seasons with the Capilanos, topped by a .334 batting average and a share in 179 double plays, a new Western International League record.
The Rainiers bought his contract last year and shipped him to Birmingham in the Southern Association at the start of the 1950 season. From there he moved to Scranton and then back to where he is now—Seattle.

Spokane And Vancouver Are Helped
By Associated Press
UNDATED, May 2—Two of the Western International League's second division clubs were assured today of added help as the class B baseball circuit opened its third week of play, Earl Sheely, general manager of Seattle's Pacific coast league Rainers, said Jack Warren, hardhard-hitting catcher, was being sent to Spokane for additional seasoning and Len Tran, an infielder, would be sent to Vancouver.
Warren was acquired by the Indians on a 24-hour recall basis, Spokane manager Alan Strange said Monday.
The catcher went up to the Seattle team from the Tacoma Tigers late last season. He was hitting .363 for Tacoma.
The Indians will use him in the outfield and behind the plate, according to Manager Strange.
Tran, who failed to make the grade with Seattle this spring after a good season with Vancouver in 1949, was recently turned back by Scranton of the Eastern League.
In three-game series opening tonight, Yakima's league leaders entertain seventh place Vancouver, Tri-City hosts Wenatchee, Spokane fetes Tacoma and Salem draws Victoria.

Clint Cameron Out Of Wenatchee Series
Clint Cameron, fence-busting outfielder for the Tri-City Braves definitely will not be in the lineup for the three-game series with Wenatchee, scheduled to open tonight at Sanders Field.
The 1949 hitting champion of the Western International league, said today that a combined heel and groin injury would prevent him from playing. “Although I have every hope of being ready for the Yakima series, the doctors tell me I won't be able to play until then at least,” Cameron said. Yakima, is scheduled here in the Tri-City park for a four-game series commencing Friday.
The announcement of Cameron's came yesterday afternoon after he had had a final check by the team physician.
To date the Brave star has appeared in the starting lineup five times the first five games of the season. Other than that he has put in two pinch-hit appearances at'the plate. During his regular turn at bat Cameron collected an even .300 hitting percentage and drove in nine runs, four of them on a 350 foot four-bagger that drove four runs across the plate.
Cameron said he believed the fact that he was favoring his heel was the cause of the pulled muscle in the groin of his leg. However, the hitting terror of the WIL said that “the operation on my ankle tendon was a definite success. But right now I've got to give both the ankle and the pulled muscle more rest before I'll be ready to go again.”
Whether Cameron will be ready to play in the Yakima series is dependent on how fast the heel and groin injury recovers. At present he is under the constant care of a physician.
Meanwhile Brave Manager Charlie Petersen has nominated Cy Greenlaw (1-1) for tonight mound chores against the second place Chiefs. Joe Orrell, more than capable right-hander who follows Greenlaw in the Brave hurling cycle, said yesterday that he may not be able to start Wednesday. Orrell developed a sore arm during the Yakima series which saw some of the coldest weather of the year, and the major league veteran's arm is still ailing.
Jim McKeegan, young 18-year-old catcher who has been spending as much time in the outfield as he has behind the plate, will probably draw Cameron's assignment in right field.
Otherwise the Brave staff weathered their first road trip in pretty good shape. Nick Pesut, front line backstop, has lost a fingernail as the result of a foul tip at Yakima, and reopened the wound the following night.
But Pesut has been back in the lineup the last two games and will unquestionably be there tonight to give the signals to Greenlaw.
In his last appearance on the mound Greenlaw fashioned a six-hit victory over the Yakima Bears, the only win the Braves were able to salvage during their three game series with the current league leaders.
The loss of Cameron for the entire Wenatchee series comes as a definite setback to the followers of the Braves. They had counted heavily on the return of his big bat to the lineup to lift the sixth-place Tri-City team from the doldrums, particularly in view of the rivalry that is bound to be evident when the present Wenatchee team takes with the former Chiefs.

By DON BECKER - Herald Sports Editor
[May 2, 1950]

The big, black bat that strikes terror into the hearts of Western International League pitchers won't get a chance to bellow tonight probably not even to whisper. The Duke will be there alright, he'll be suited up and looking as I tanned and fit as always. But when game time comes Clint Cameron will be sitting on the bench tied there with an ailing right leg.
A not yet fully recovered heel operation has been further complicated by a pulled muscle in the groin of the right leg. “It may be that I favored my heel too much when I was playing. That's probably what caused me to pull the muscle up here,” said Clint touching his thigh. “But I'm thankful that there's no infection. The operation on my heel tendon was a definite success, from here on in it's just a question of time.”
There's still a small hole where the incision in Cameron's ankle was made. Not a large one, about one-eighth of an inch in diameter. Yet it's big enough to keep last year's hitting champion on the sidelines.
“As you can see that hole is just above the shoeline and of course with the edge of my shoe pressing just below it all the time I had a natural tendency to favor the heel,” said Cameron relaxing in the big chair.
He's only been out of the house once since he returned Friday night. “But they treat me like a king around here, so that makes life much easier.” Cameron lives with Mr. and Mrs. Archie Pierce on Kennewick Avenue.
The rugged Brave outfielder spends most of his waking hours just resting and reading. He's under the constant attention of a doctor and at night uses an electric pad on his leg.
This is the big year for Clint. The only reason he didn't move back up to the Coast League this season was because of that heel. But another solid season with the stick like '49 when he hit .380 and he'll be there if that heel comes around like he and the doctors hope and think it will.
Cameron first broke Into the WIL back in '41 with Salem. He stayed with them through 1942 and then entered the service. After shedding his O. D.'s Clint was picked up by Hartford of the Eastern League in 1946. However after a ten day stay, he was bought by Evansville of the Three Eye loop. At the end of that season he was declared a free agent and in the spring of 1947 he went to spring training with Hollywood and was signed to a Pacific Coast league contract. Then in 1948 he pulled the tendon in his right heel and was released. Last year marked his second appearance in the Willy league when he played with Wenatchee, now the Braves.
Another strong hitter of our team that has been having trouble lately is Nick Pesut. The big backstop split the middle finger of his right hand in the series with Yakima and reopened the wound when he went back into the lineup, a game later.
There's been quite a bit of comment lately about Sunday afternoon baseball games in Sanders Field. So your old Insider went to the front office of the Braves to find out just exactly what the situation is.
Dick Richards, front office boss, said that Sunday afternoon contests have not been ruled out. “We're definitely giving this matter a lot of thought. But the point we'd like to make is that if the fans prefer their doubleheaders Saturday night or Sunday afternoons, just to let us know. So far the majority have suggested that these games be played Saturday nights. Just tell them to call us at Kennewick 7711 or drop us a card and tell us how they feel. We'll go along with the majority.”
One suggestion on the subject comes from Ward Johnson, Kennewick. Ward says “why not have Sunday afternoon games until about July 1 when it gets too hot and then switch to Saturday or Sunday nights for those games. Or instead of having a double-bill on Sunday, have the single Sunday game in the afternoon while we can.”
First Brave we saw Monday morning was Al Spaeter, the second baseman. “How was the trip Al?” we queried. “It's good to be home,” he answered with a grin, while pausing over a platter of bacon and eggs. And that settled the Yakima and Tacoma series. And what better way can you suggest? Those are by the boards, it's the ones left that we want to think about now. It doesn't do any good to think about that big, fat pitch when you're walking back to the bench.
If Kenny Michelson continues to turn in pitching performances for Marysville [Far West League] as he did last week, that 24 hour recall that the Braves hold on him may be put into effect . . . . giving up four hits and nearly collecting a shutout is nice work for a freshman in any league.

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