‘At Least 8’ Clubs Ready For ‘54
[from Vancouver News Herald, Oct. 8, 1953]
Whatever tension there might have been over the possibility of the Western International baseball league folding next year was erased Wednesday when league president Bob Brown announced he had received assurance from eight franchises that they would play in 1954.
Bob refused to disclose the names of the towns because, he said, it is highly possible that a change of ownership will take place, though not a change of site.
“Any announcement now of who is going to be in might ruin a pending deal,” Bob explained. “However, I have in my hand letters from eight of last year’s franchises assuring me of their intent to operate next season. There is still a chance we’ll have 10 clubs, but it’s now a certainty there’ll be eight at a minimum.
The league structure definitely will be known November 9 when the league holds its annual meeting in Victoria.