Lewiston Gets Idaho Farm Club
LEWISTON, Jan. 30 (Special) — Pocatello's Bannocks signed a working agreement for the 1954 baseball season with Lewiston of the class A Western International league here yesterday, President Ralph Hegsted reported.
The agreement went into effect immediately with 11 players tentatively joining the Bannock club.
Hegsted said the players — four pitchers, four infielders, one catcher and two outfielders — are mostly limited service players, plus a few veterans. A limited service player is one with some professional baseball experience, but less than three years of pro experience—those with more than three years are classified as veterans.
MORE TO COME
The Bannock president said the north Idaho team will add more players to the Pocatello roster before the start of the ‘54 campaign.
“They have told us that they will give us some rookies later on,” he said.
Hegsted, who along with Jack Halliwell Pocatello’s Pioneer league director traveled to Lewiston to make arrangements for the agreement, said the Bannocks will start their spring training at Lewiston along with the local club.
Spring Training is scheduled to open April 3 under the direction of Larry Barton, Lewiston manager, and Butch Moran, Pocatello field boss. Barton is a former manager of the Bannock entry.
Hegsted said pitchers and catchers will report a few days earlier to the spring training camp.
The president termed the new agreement “very good.”
“It is a much better arrangement than we had last year,” he said “I’m sure that it will cost us a lot less money.”
The Bannocks had a working agreement with the St. Louis Browns, now the Baltimore Orioles last year but were forced to pay all of their spring training expenses.
Bannocks Secure New Agreement
Lewiston, Jan. 31 — The Pocatello Bannocks have signed a working agreement for the 1954 season with Lewiston of the Class A Western International League, spokesmen for both teams have announced.
The agreement was arranged in Lewiston by Dr. Ralph B. Hegsted, president of the Class C club, Pioneer League Director Jack Halliwell, and James McMonigle, Lewiston president. Hegsted and McMonigle made the announcement.
Under the agreement, they said, Pocatello can have any players it wants from the crop that doesn't make the Lewiston team this season. The North Idaho club can, in return, recall any five of the players at season's end.
Salaries of the optioned players are to be paid by Pocatello and the Pioneer League team will come to Lewiston for spring training, which opens April 2.