Now, Who’s On First?
By CLANCY LORANGER
[Vancouver Province, March 27, 1954]
Like some lawyer was saying the other day, there’s no such thing as job security in baseball.
Just when it looked as if Gene Petralli, 1953 first baseman with the Capilanos had his old job nailed down, along comes competition.
General Manager Bill Brenner announced today, just before heaing south to open spring training camp at Clarkston, Wash., April 1, that he’s purchased another firs sacker who’ll battle Petralli for the gateway job,
The newcomer is Ellis Daugherty, a 25-year-old, six-foot, 2 inch, 225 pounder, bought outright from Colorado Springs of the Class A Western League. Daugherty, who’s lefthanded all the way, performed for a time last season with Memphis of the AA Southern Association, but quit for the year when sent down to Class A.
New Cap catcher Nick Pesut recommended him to Brenner (and vice versa) when the two were playing winter ball in Sacramento.
DIAMOND DUST – Acquisition of Daugherty ended a rather unique situation ... Petralli was the only player on the club without competition for his job … There should be about five players battling for the other three infield jobs, with more than seven outfielders, about 16 (honest) pitchers, and four catchers in camp … Daugherty figures to have the edge over Petralli on his extra height alone … There’s a move to televise Saturday night Caps’ games (to be shown Sunday) … And Brenner would like to hear from people interested in watching Wednesday afternoon ball games … If enough interest were evinced, he’ll put ‘em on.