Tuesday, 7 August 2007

Pre-Season - April 1, 1950

Tri-City Braves Beat Fresno 9-0
LINDSAY, Calif., Apr. 1—The Tri-City Braves, with Outfielder Clint Cameron leading the way banged out a 9-0 win today over Fresno at Lindsay, California where they are training.
Cameron smashed a long homer with bases full to give the Braves a win. Lou McCollum and
portsiders Charles Stiglich and Cy Greenlaw shared the mound chores.
In a telegram to Verne Johnson, secretary of the club, General Manager Dick Richards said his hurlers looked good. Previously, the Braves had lost a wild contest to Fresno 24-10. However, the rookies were playing the first game.
Richards said he expected to be home within the next few days to see everything gets in tip-top shape for the opener April 18 against the Vancouver Capilanos.


Wot? No Pants? Ask The Stars
HOLLYWOOD, April 1, (UP) —A stunned crowd of baseball fans saw the game's first new look in 111 years today—shorts for the players.
Nine knobby-kneed Hollywood stars trotted self-consciously on Gilmore Field for a game with Portland wearing T-shirts, long blue stockings and shorts to the knees.
“I have given this matter careful thought,” said Manager Fred Haney, who ordered the revolutionary change. “I am firmly convinced that the new shorts will add to both the comfort and efficiency of my ball club in hot weather.”
The temperature was 78 today for the new uniforms' debut.
Haney, who got the idea from a sportswriter's column, said he was first in the country to try it out. But he expected other ball clubs to snap up his idea.
The new garb is not only cooler, but it's lighter, hence increasing a runner's speed almost enough to make a double a triple.
“The weight of knickers increases three times during a game through absorbing perspiration,” he explained.

Stretching Imaginations
Hollywood Shows Up in Shorts
By Bob Meyers
HOLLYWOOD, April 1 (AP) — The Hollywood Stars trotted out onto the field Saturday wearing the first radical change in uniform in the 111-year history of baseball.
The players wore shorts.
Some fans gasped, some jeered, some cheered and the rival Portland club of the Pacific Coast League subject the movie town team to unbridled ribbing.
But the Hollywood manager, Fred Haney, a veteran of some 30 years in the national pastime, stuck by his guns.
The scanty pants and the light rayon shirts with elbow-length sleeves are here to stay — on hot days, anyhow — Haney declared. The shorts end a few inches above the players' knees. They wear regulation baseball stockings rolled just below the knee.
Rickey Approves
What's more, he went on, none other than Branch Rickey of the Brooklyn Dodgers has seen and examined the outfits. Haney said some of the Dodger farm clubs, particularly in the South, will soon don the radical garb.
Vice president Bob Cobb of Hollywood put it this way: “This is the best thing that's happened to
baseball since they quit wearing handlebar mustaches at the turn of the century.”
The pants are equipped with the usual, though shorter, sliding pads. They are of the same flannel material as the club's regular, long-pant uniforms.
Only On Warm Days
Hollywood will use them only on warm days and nights.
The players, to a man—and they seemed sincere—were enthusiastic about the freedom afforded, but conceded they fully expert a nationwide razzing.
“Let 'em raze us, they'll all be wearing them in another year or so,” they said.
The Stars were introduced to their first ribs by their rivals Saturday, Portland, and manager Bill Sweeney.
Just before the game, Sweeney burst out of the Portland dugout and raced to home plate to greet the scanty-panted Haney. Sweeney was wearing a flaring skirt and a grotesque lady's bonnet on his head. He carried a floor mop, and promptly embraced Haney, himself a gag-loving gentleman.
The crowd enjoyed it.

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