Tyees Buy Righthander Gordie Palm from Caps
[Victoria Colonist, March 24, 1954]
Victoria Tyees took a step toward correcting a lack of pitching talent yesterday by purchasing Gordon Palm, a youthful righthander, from the Vancouver Capilanos.
Business manager Reg Patterson, who made the announcement, stated that it was a straight cash deal and, possibly, the forerunner of other deals meant to shore up his club’s pitching staff.
Palm, in his early 20s, started with the Spokane Indians in the 1951 season, and although bothered a bit with control trouble, the hard-throwing righthander was considered one of the best prospects in the WIL. He got into 16 games in his first season, joining the club in mid-season, and compiled a 6-1 record.
Palm saw more action in 1952 and was often used in relief. He appeared in 34 games, pitched 150 innings and won 10 and lost eight. Spokane optioned him to Salt Lake City of the Pioneer League last year and then traded him to Vancouver over the winter for pitcher Dick Aubertin. The Capilanos, who expect to have plenty of pitching, sold him to the Tyees in a quick deal yesterday when Patterson, acting on a suggestion from manager Don Pries, who remembered Palm as a comer, telephoned Capilano manager Bill Brenner to inquire about the possibility of a deal.
Meanwhile, the Tyees will have to wait until Thursday to get definite word from Eddie Lake on whether or not the veteran ex-major league infielder will join the club. Patterson is still certain that Lake and the Tyees will come to terms.