Wednesday, 8 August 2007

Pre-Season - April 13, 1950

Talk Two Teams For WI League
EDMONTON, Alta., April 13 — Seating accommodation and transportation are two big problems if Calgary and Edmonton secure a franchise in the Western International Baseball league, John Ducey, general manager of Edmonton Eskimos said yesterday.
He was commenting on a Calgary report that Edmonton and Calgary might enter the W. I. L. possibly in 1951.
Seating capacity in these two Alberta cities would have to be increased considerably, he said.
There would also be transportation headaches.

Spokane Buys Frank Match
SPOKANE, April 13—The Spokane Indians announced purchase of a new third baseman Thursday and then proclaimed their infield complete.
Frank Matoh, who hit .297 with Victoria last year, has been acquired by Spokane from the New York Yankee chain and will be at third when the Indians open their Western International league season at home next Tuesday, the Tribe front office said.
The Indians have Norman Grabar at first, Charlie Bushong at second and Chuck Davis at shortstop. All will be playing their first season with Spokane.
Manager Alan Strange, now with the Indians in spring training, at Lewiston, said he considers the infield one of the strongest defensive foursomes m the WIL.
Matoh, a right-handed hitter, smashed 15 homers, 17 doubles and seven triples in 93 games with Victoria last season.

Braves Make It Victory Number Eight
Warner Homer; Wilson cherger Get Triples
LINDSAY, Calif. April 13—The Tri-Clty Braves chalked up their eighth straight victory here tonight as they romped to a 9-6 victory over Porterville. Joe "Bullet" Orrell was the winning pitcher in last night's game, which was featured by a home run and two triples off the booming bats of the Braves.
Porterville drew away quickly by scoring twice in the first and third. The Braves launched their attack in the fourth and by the end of the seventh had the game well on ice.
Jungle Jim Warner started the four-run assault in the fifth by blasting a four-master over the 335 foot right field wall with two aboard. Artie Wilson opened the sixth with a triple and followed with another three-bagger.
The big bats of Clint Cameron, and Neil Bryant were also thundering throughout the eight consecutive Brave wins.
Last night the team were guests at a barbecue party given by Lindsay citizens. Tonight they wind up their spring training games with a scheduled contest at Visalia.
Tomorrow morning the Braves start their homeward trek, pausing Saturday night at Klamath Falls and are due to arrive in the Tri-Cities on Sunday. Charlie Petersen, playing manager of the squad, said they would work out at Sanders Field Monday night.
Petersen also announced that Joe Frisina, infielder, had been given his outright release.
Braves .......... 000 241 11x—9-12-1
Porterv'e ...... 202 010 010—6-7-2
Orrell and Pesut; Hammer and Wilson.

Yakima Bears Win Exhibition Game
REDDING, Calif., April 13— Yakima Bears, Western International loop club, downed the Redding Browns, Far West league club, 6 to 2, in an exhibition game Thursday night.
Redding manager Ray Perry lashed out a homer in the third frame with one man on.
Yakima ........ 100 000 410—6 10 1
Redding ....... 002 000 000—2 2 2
Fisher, Dickey (6) and Tierseta, Torney (7); Lineberger, Johnson (4), Telby (7), McCoy (9) and Chokoulas, Clyde (6).

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