Thursday, 31 July 2008

Spring Training, Thursday, April 8, 1954

Vancouver ‘Bonus Baby’ To Get Chance With Caps This Season
Hallgren Joins City Players

[Vancouver Province, April 8, 1954]
Vancouver will be well represented at the spring training camp of the pro baseball Capilanos at Clarkston, Wash., this spring.
The three local players already on hand at the Caps’ camp will be joined this weekend by one of the city’s more publicized athletic sons, Arnie Hallgren.
Hallgren, who commanded several barrels of ink when he signed with the Boston (now Milwaukee) Braves two years ago for a reported bonus of $15,500, will get a chance to earn an outfield spot for himself with the Class A Western International League team. Bill Brenner made the announcement Wednesday in Clarkston that the Braves were sending Hallgren to them on option.
The young ex-King Edward High School baseball and football star, who played Class B baseball in 1953 with Evansville, joins Danny Holden, acquitted this winter from Lincoln of the Western League, pitcher Rod MacKay, and rookie pitching aspirant Bus Nagel as representatives of Vancouver.
Hallgren’s chances of making the Caps are still. His potential outfield opposition includes experienced workmen like Bob Wellman, K Chorlton, Holden, Bob Duretto, Lloyd Jenney and one other possible gardener whose name can’t be mentioned yet.
Meanwhile, Calgary Stampeders’ chances of getting out of the glue appeared brighter today with the announcement from Bob Brown that he had accepted an offer to down down there and help straighten things out.
Bob, now semi-retired as WIL “honorary president,” agreed to take the job “temporarily” at the insistence of league directors.
DIAMOND DUST – Calgary Stampeders are going to try twilight and Sunday baseball in an attempt to boost their sorry 1953 attendance mark … Twilight games apparently were popular in the 20s, when a Calgary team set a Class C attendance record which still stands … Six Sunday doubleheaders are also planned, and a booster club will be formed, too.

Baseball Help
WENATCHEE, Apr. 7—Oakland Acorns of the Pacific Coast League have assigned pitcher Ron Berdown and infielder Jerry Green to Wenatchee of the Western International Baseball League.


Broncs, Paste Cougars 9-1
LEWISTON, Idaho, April 8 — The Lewiston Broncs of the Western International League tapped three Washington State College pitchers for 9 hits and 11 walks to defeat the Cougars 9-1 in exhibition baseball Thursday.
Wednesday it was the Lewiston pitchers who were liberal with free bases and the Cougars beat the Broncs then 10-5.
The Broncs hit well against WSC starter Bill Rehder, getting five runs on three singles, a double and four walks during his three innings on the mound.
Lewiston's starter Leland Smith gave up only a scratch single in his three-inning turn.

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