Indian Rookie Long Hitter
LEWISTON, March 29 —The Spokane Indians went through a three-hour batting drill at their spring training camp Wednesday and found a long-ball hitter in a newcomer named George Stassi.
Stassi, a 200-pound outfielder from the Texas Big State league, smashed several long drives into the outer stretches during his turn at the plate. Stassi, 26, hit .310 and socked 22 homers when he played in the Sunset league in 1947, his best year.
The Indians open their Western International league season April 18 at home against Victoria and with less than three full weeks of training left, Manager Alan Strange, stepped up the tempo a bit.
Spokane plays its first practice game Friday against Northern Idaho College of Education here. The local collegians have already lost three straight to the Washington State college.
An ex-WSC hurler. Ward Rockey, was one of the new faces in cap Wednesday. In three years with the Cougars he won 11 and lost one and was the ace WSC right hander.
Pitchers Jim Holder, a semi-pro performer last year at Enumclaw, Wash., and Marvin Johnson, who played with Memphis in a negro league last season, have looked impressive in early workouts.
Spring Training Opens for Salem
CORVALLIS, Ore., Mar. 29—The Western International baseball league Salem Senators open spring training on the Oregon State fields here Thursday for a third straight year.
Manager Ad Liska checked in Wednesday and said he expects 30 to 40 players in the camp by the weekend.
Expected here Thursday were catchers Bill Beard. Buster McMillan and Bob Courage and pitchers Ken Wyatt, Bob Stvenson, Ludwig Lew, Stan Gilson, Gene Valentine, Dick Waibel, Johnny Burak, Bill Osborn, Ken Courtin, Walt Lord and Vic Willetjo.