Sunday, 2 September 2007

Dewey Soriano Leaves WIL

Big Sea Calls Yaks' Big Dew
YAKIMA, Sept. 12—“Big Dew,” the pitching president of the Yakima Bears, is going back to sea.
Prexy Dewey Soriano has announced that he'll sell his one-third interest in Yakima's Western International league baseball team, champions for the last two seasons.
Soriano is a skipper of ocean-going vessels as well as baseball teams. He said he was forced to choose between the two professions and had decided to return to the sea. His license would soon have expired under a five-year inactivity regulation.
Soriano said he decided to sell rather than let his baseball interests grow moldy while he was away.
The other co-owners are Frederick Mercy of Yakima and the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast league. It was not known if Soriano had found a buyer.
“I am leaving happy in the thought that I have never been a loser financially as the club's president or as a pitcher on the home field,” said Big Dew, also known hereabouts as Papa Bear. He won 14 games and lost two last year and his 1950 record was 6-2. Many games he saved as a relief pitcher do not show in the record.
Soriano is a Seattle man who saw mound action both in the Pacific Coast league and the majors before coming to Yakima.
WILFan note: Ol' Dew may not have lost financially in Yakima, but when it came to the Seattle Pilots...
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YAKIMA, Oct. 14— Dewey Soriano, under whose presidency the Yakima Bears won two straight Western International league pennants, today passed out of the Yakima baseball picture with the sale of his one-quarter interest in the organization to Paul Fagan, sole owner of the San Francisco Giants.

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