Thursday, 13 December 2007

Calgary, Edmonton Ponder Non-WIL Future

Western Canada Baseball League Parley Point at Calgary
EDMONTON, Jan. 31—Possibility of a Western Canada professional baseball league in 1953 will be discussed in Calgary Friday and Saturday by John Ducey of Edmonton and Sam Timmins and Harold Cundle, both of Calgary.
Ducey, veteran Edmonton baseball promoter, announced tonight he is going to Calgary to primarily discuss feasibility of operating a Calgary-Edmonton inter-city league this season.
If an inter-city league is found unfeasible, he would suggest that Edmonton and Calgary leagues operate an interlocking schedule with teams in each league making one trip to the other city and the results counting in their own standings.
For 1953, he would discuss:
1. Resumption of the Western Canada League after a 30-year lapse, with six cities—Winnipeg, Brandon, Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary and Edmonton—having entries.
2. Possibility of Calgary and Edmonton entering the Western International League on the condition that Oregon cities are not included.
3. An Alberta-Montana circuit with teams in Edmonton, Calgary, Lethbridge, Billings, Mont., Great Falls, Mont., and Missoula or Butte, Mont.

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