Tyees Sign Outfielder; Pries’ Chances Improve
[Victoria Colonist, Feb. 4, 1954]
Victoria Tyees yesterday signed a new outfielder and it appeared increasingly likely Don Pries, hustling infielder with the Victoria club for the past three or four seasons, would be given a chance as manager.
The new player is Art Seguso, a righthanded hitter who has also played a bit of third and first base. Seguso was once a member of the New York Yankee farm system and later played in the Brooklyn system, the Dodgers picking him up in the draft. He was out of organized baseball last season but played in the strong semi-pro Mandak League where, it is reported, he led in home runs and runs batted in.
Seguso had originally asked Portland Beavers for a chance in the Coast League and was referred to Victoria. Business manager Reg Patterson announced yesterday that Seguso had agreed to terms and would report for spring training, which opens in Victoria early in April.
Pries, who could be a popular choice, moved a step closer to the managerial berth he is anxious to get when Nanny Fernandez, veteran Coast and ex-major league infielder, decided he could still play a season or two in the Coast League. That left Pries with the insider track for the post but club officials said it would be a while before any definite announcement is made on a manager and refused to comment on Pries’ chances.
Steve Mesner, who was playing coach at Beaumont in the Texas League and who played in the WIL two seasons back, is another rumored possibility for the Tyee flannels this year but whether as player-coach or playing manager was still the secret of the Tyees.