Fagan Acquires Full Ownership Of S.F. Seals
Charles J. Graham, Sister Dispose Of Shares
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 27 (UP) Paul I. Fagan, millionaire sportsman, took over complete control of the San Francisco baseball club today, buying the one-third interest of Charles J. Graham and his sister Clare Graham Smith.
Fagan, who purchased one-third interest in the Pacific Coast League team in 1945 and another third last year from Charles H. Strub, immediately named Joe Orengo as general manager to succeed Graham. No change in the status of manager Lefty O'Doul is contemplated, Fagan said Orengo has been manager of the Seals farm club at Yakima, Wash., winning his second successive pennant in the Western International League this year.
Orengo Named As Manager of ‘Frisco Club
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 27—Joe Orengo, who piloted the Class “B” Western International League Yakima Bears to consecutive baseball pennants the last two years, has been moved upstairs.
San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League today announced Orengo will become general manager of business affairs for the Seals.
The Orengo promotion was part of a front-office reshuffle.
President Paul I. Fagan became sole owner of the Seals after purchasing—for an undisclosed sum—the one-third interest in the club owned by Charles J. Graham, vice-president of the Seals, and his sister, Mrs. Claire Smith.
Graham has been associated with San Francisco baseball for almost a third of a century.
Asked if Lefty O’Doul would continue with the organization as field manager, Fagan replied: “I expect him to and hope he does.”
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YAKIMA, Sept. 27—Frederick Mercy, Jr., part-owner of the Yakima Bears along with President Dewey Soriano and the parent San Francisco Seals, tonight said no effort would be made to name a successor to Joe Orengo as manager until the end of the Pacific Coast League season.“The Seals are in the process of reorganization and Soriano is in Seattle with the Rainiers,” Mercy said. “Soriano has announced his intention to dispose of his quarter interest in the Bears but I hope he can be persuaded to reconsider.”