Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Spring Training, Tuesday, April 6, 1954

Roberts And Moen Open For Caps
[Vancouver Province, April 6, 1954]
It came on rainy Monday at Clarkston, Wash., where the prospects for the 1954 Capilanos are gradually coming in. It was the first bad weather since the camp opened Thursday, general manager Bill Brenner reported. He said if had been warm, “around 60” until Monday.
Brenner is looking for a return to sunshine today, when the Caps’ first exhibition game is scheduled at Clarkston against Pocatello of the Class C Pioneer League.
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Righthander Bob Roberts and lefty Bob Moen will pitch for Vancouver. Both were at spring training with Seattle Rainiers, so are ready to go.
All told, there were 23 hopefuls on hand, Brenner said. They don’t include his two Mexican imports, infield Marv Williams and pitcher Raul Galata but “they’re coming.”
Of three other players whose appearance was “doubtful” in Brenner’s mind, one has already arrived in Clarkston, and another says he’ll report this week. The third won’t show up, period.
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Outfielder Gale Taylor, who doesn’t figure to earn a spot in the garden, has turned up to try anyway. K Chorlton, who talked of quitting if he didn’t make Seattle’s roster, says he’ll report.
Not coming is Clarence Marshall, the one-time Yankee pitcher, whose baseball career is probably at an end. Marshall, who was injured in an auto accident last fall, has applied for a job in a California aircraft plant.
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DIAMOND DUST … Brenner has been told that Seattle will likely keep Lonnie Myers, the fireball righthander who’s rated a top prospect … But he hopes to get outfielder Bob Wellman, pitcher Pete Hernandez and outfielder-catcher Lloyd Jenney soon … shortstop Jim Clark, in good shape after his Palm Springs stint with the Rainiers, will be along April 12 … Another latecomer was George Nicholas, who can’t get away from his California labors until about April 18 … Brenner is highly pleased with the showing so far of his big first-baseman, via Colorado Springs, Ellis Daugherty … He’s been hitting the ball with authority … Tri-City Braves have made an outfield catch … Portland Beavers have sold them Bob Moniz, who was with Victoria the last two years … The Braves have also offered a contract to George Chalich, 24-year-old catcher, who’s baseball coach at Gonzaga.


[from Victoria Colonist, April 6, 1954]
Bob Brown, ex-president of the WIL and ex-general manager of the Vancouver Capilanos, has been hired to help get Calgary Stampeders straightened out for the season. It’s the smartest move the baseball Stamps have yet made … return of Milt Martin assures the Tyees of the best in catching this season and made manager Don Pries happy. Martin, the club’s most-popular player last year, was Pries’ roomie for three seasons and claims Pries sought the managerial job to get out of a fourth season. Pries confirms it by inference with his remark, “That I won’t have to listen to him moaning all night this season” … Portland Beavers put outfielder Bob Moniz up for sale awhile back and reports have it they sold him to the Tri-City Braves … and cleaning up on baseball items, the Tyees are planning to start their games at 7:30 this season, except on lacrosse nights, when they will start at 6:30 to give fans a chance to take in both events. Their ticket sales will be handled by the Central Ticket Agency.


Bannocks Fall 7-0 As Pitchers Shine
LEWISTON (Special, April 6) — It was a pitcher’s day here Tuesday as the Vancouver Capilanos of the class A Western International league downed the Pocatello Bannocks 7-0 in an exhibition game.
The contest was limited to six innings because of a brisk, cold wind. It was Pocatello's first exhibition outing.
The Vancouver nine was able to touch a pair of Bannock pitchers, Willie Neal and Ralph Ramirez, for five hits, two of them infield blows. However, the Capilanos took advantage of several Pocatello mental errors and some bases on balls to push across two runs in the second inning. They got five more on the fourth, on three hits and an error.
In the other four innings, the two teams played on an even basis.
The Bannocks were able to collect but two hits off three Vancouver hurlers, Bob Roberts, Bob Moen and Rod MacKay. Shortstop Dale Odekirk banged out a long single in the first inning and catcher Gerry Mongomery, the only Pocatello batter who has been in camp for more than four days, clubbed out a safety in the third stanza.
Neal started for Pocatello, pitching the first four innings. He gave up all seven runs, five hits, struck out four and walked three. Ramirez set the Vancouver team down in order in the final two frames.
Vancouver .... 020 500—7 5 0
Pocatello ...... 000 000—0 2 2
Roberts, Moen, MacKay and Whitney; Neal, Ramirez and Mongomery, Matteson, Mayberry.

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