Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Yes, Calgary’s In — As of March 16, Anyway

Doubts End As Calgary Will Continue in WIL
CALGARY, March 16—Professional baseball will definitely return to Calgary for 1954, and, director Syd McDonald of the Calgary Stampeders says, “we’re going to try and improve the club.”
Mr. McDonald said today the board of the Western International League club had agreed to carry on this summer. There were rumors the club would fold.
He contacted Manager Gene Lillard at his home in Goleta, Calif., Tuesday and was informed that all the players had been signed.
Stampeders have an agreement with the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League whereby they will be able to pick up any player of “A” calibre unable to make the grade in triple “A” baseball.
The WIL schedule starts late in April. Although no definite plans have been made, it is expected the Stampeders will start spring training in Porterville, Calif., the first week in April.

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