CAP PLAYER HUNT UNDERWAY
Pesut on Stage, Snyder in Wings
By CLANCY LORANGER
[Vancouver Province, Jan. 11, 1954]
Bill Brenner, who likes ball players with experience enough to find their way back to their hotel after a game, has acquired a veteran catcher for his Capilanos, and he has another popular old favorite lurking in the wings.
The Capilanos general manager announced today he has picked up Nick Pesut from Tri-City in a trade for one shortstop and two “ghosts”.
And all but in the bag is Bob Snyder, long-time Capilano pitching favorite who switched to a Tri-City uniform last summer.
“A deal’s on the fire,” says Brenner of the rubber-armed righthander who holds the league’s record for victories, 28, picked up with the 1951 Caps. “They want players and I think we’ll find some.”
But back to Pesut and the trio Brenner gave up for him. The shortstop is Chuck Davis, who didn’t finish last season with the Caps; and two pitchers, Bud Guldborg, who jumped the club midway through last year; and Bob Knudson, who never has worn a Vancouver suit. Knudson was bought from Salt Lake City in ’53, but never reported.
Pesut, Brenner feels, will solve the catching problem which plagued the Caps all last year, when they never did have adequate protection behind the plate.
Big Nick, not the hustlingest player in the Western International League, knows what he’s doing back of the plate and is a dangerous hitter. Last season with the Braves he hit .288 and punched across 85 runs.
DIAMOND DUST – Brenner also lined up several spring exhibition games in his holiday jaunt down south, now has 12 on the agenda … They include games against Lewiston, University of Idaho, Tri-City, and Washington State… There will likely be a couple more, too, either in Yakima or Wenatchee on the way home … Training camp opens April 2 at Clarkston, Wash., breaks up April 20 … And if the weather is as nice as it was last week, says Bill, who cares about California … Brenner has become more interested in his new left-hander from Mexico, Raul Galata, since he learned that Joe Mathes, St. Louis Cardinals scout, is keeping tab on him … Speaking of Mexico, the outfielder the Caps are after, Al Heist, is hitting .395 for Obregon down there and now Brenner is afraid that Baltimore won’t let him loose … Al last reports there were just two applications for the managerial vacancy at Victoria: Steve Mesner and Don Pries … And the rumor factory has Dick Barrett going to Yakima as general manager.