Found: Left Fielder For Opener Tonight
By CLANCY LORANGER
[Vancouver Province, April 29, 1954]
General Manager Bill Brenner of the pro baseball Capilanos has found his left fielder in time for tonight’s WIL opener at Capilano Stadium.
Bill tried everybody by Trainer Hal Younker in left pasture during spring training in an attempt to get the man he wanted.
He finally got that man today, when Dick Greco, one of the storied sluggers of the league, got final official clearance from all hands and signed a Vancouver form.
Greco, who has muscles on his muscles, will be in the cleanup spot in the starting lineup tonight at 8:15 p.m. against Victoria Tyees. Opening ceremonies, with a band, singer, and introduction of players, start at 8 p.m.
* * *
Pitcher Bill Franks will be on the mound, opposing Victoria’s ace, Bob Drilling.
Here’s how the Caps, featuring what is alleged to be good power, plenty of veterans, and not too many faces from 1953, will line up:
Jim Clark, shortstop; K Chorlton, centre field; Marv Williams, second base; Dick Greco, left field; Ken Richardson, third base; Nick Pesut, catcher; Arnie Hallgren, right field; Ellis Daugherty, first base; Bill Franks, pitcher.
* * *
DIAMOND DUST – The Caps cut their roster by one Wednesday when pitcher Baz Nagle was given his release … And negotiations are going on between Wenatchee and Seattle Rainiers for Lloyd Jenney … The Chiefs want Jenney as a catcher … Bill Brenner is scheduled to pitch the Caps’ second game Friday … Then the locals go on the road, playing in Yakima Saturday and twice Sunday … They return home Monday to play Seattle’s Coast League team in their annual exhibition tussle … Incidentally, the Capilanos have an exhibition contest billed for Bellingham for their first open Sunday.
* * *
Greco got in a little batting practice with the Caps last night and gave the some 500 fans who braved the cold for the full dress rehearsal quite a show … he bounced one off the left field corner flag just to prove his reflexes were still operating … Brenner got in trim by attending a Junior Chamber of Commerce dinner in Stanley Park Pavilion and giving them a preview of the ’54 club.
* * *
Elsewhere around the circuit tonight, Bob Abel, league president, will attend the game at Kennewick between Tri-City Braves and Calgary Stampeders.
Edmonton will open at Salem, Wenatchee at Lewiston, and Yakima at Spokane.