Thursday, 31 July 2008

Spring Training, Monday, April 12, 1954

Caps Split as Bill Brenner Prepares to Unveil Himself

[Vancouver Province, April 12, 1954]
With the temperature hitting 80 in Clarkston, Wash., Sunday, general manager Bill Brenner of the pro baseball Capilanos feels it’s hot enough to unveil his top pitcher.
Brenner’s ace—right-hander Bill Brenner, a 22-game winner in 1953—was scheduled to pitch against Pocatello at Lewiston today. Bill, who threw a lot of batting practice at Seattle’s Palm Springs camp, planned to go all the way.
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Brenner hoped to have a few more old pros in camp to back him up. There were three new arrivals on the weekend—Arnie Hallgren, Bob Duretto, Marv Williams—and Jim Clark and K Chorlton are due in today or early this week.
Vancouver’s still make-shift crew managed to split a pair of games on the weekend, winning 4-0 Saturday over Pocatello behind some bright pitching by left-hander Bill Tompkins, and dropping a 5-3 call Sunday to Lewiston in Lewiston.
Vancouver boy Baz Nagle gave up three runs in three innings Sunday, lefty John Cordell and Bob Roberts each allowing one run in their three-inning stints.
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DIAMOND DUST – Southpaw Tompkins, from Anchorage, Alaska, looked good throwing his shutout in Pocatello … he came to the Caps on the recommendation of one-time Capilano third baseman Jimmy Robinson … Vancouver looked at some pretty good pitching Sunday …
John Marshall went four innings for Lewiston, and Don Tisnerat, just back from a month with Portland, showed them their first curves of the spring the rest of the way—Ellis Daugherty collected three hits off the duo and just-arrived Hallgren and Duretto each got one … Williams came in by bus after having been misdirected to Lewiston, Montana … after today, Caps don’t play until Thursday, once more against Pocatello then they meet Tri-City Braves Saturday and Sunday at Kennewick.

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