BROWN OFF TO PALM SPRINGS
Seattle Kids Targeted
By CLANCY LORANGER [Vancouver Province, March 6]
Bob Brown didn’t feel much like singing—he’s still fighting the effects of the flu—but he did manage to get off a few bars of “California Here I Come” this morning as he headed for Seattle Rainiers’ Coast League camp at Palm Springs.
The Capilano general manager plans a week with the parent Rainiers and hopes to come back with options on at least half a dozen bright young men for his 1952 baseball entry in the Western International League.
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Specifically, Brown has his eye on a catcher, a first baseman, an outfielder and three pitchers to take to Penticton when the Caps open their training the first week in April.
Three of the players Bob is after are no strangers to the league. Brown hopes to get Gordie Brunswick, his promising rookie of last year, back again to play centre field; he’d like to get Jim Wert, Spokane Indians’ leading hitter last year, for first base; and he’ll likely acquire Don Lundberg, a rifle-armed young catcher, who played for Tacoma last season.
There are three young college pitchers Bob has designs on. They’re Cal Humphreys, Seattle high school “bonus baby,” Don Tomlinson, a youngster from Gonzaga, and a song of oldtime ballplayer “Moose” Clabaugh, whose first name escaped Brown.
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It’s possible, too, that Pete Hernandez, crack rookie pitcher Bob sold to Seattle last season, may not stick with the Rainiers and will be back, but Brown doesn’t expect we’ll see Vern Kindsfather, who finished last season with the Caps, in a Vancouver uniform this year.
Cap Manager Bill Schuster is already on the scene at Palm Springs, and he’ll stay till near the end of the month.