Once Out, Tacoma Now Wants Back Into WIL
[Vancouver Province, Jan, 26, 1952]
If Victoria isn’t able to overcome its financial difficulties and is forced out of the Western International League, Tacoma is ready to come back in.
Bob Brown, Vancouver Capilano general manager, said today that Tacoma’s mayor and a committee have received baseball interest in the Washington city and would like to get back in the WIL. Lewiston, Idaho, took over Tacoma’s franchise when Bill Starr of San Diego put it up for sale. Eugene, Ore., has also expressed interest in getting into the league.
Baseball Drive Has Little Hope
[Victoria Colonist, Jan. 26, 1952]
It is the beginning to look like the end of professional baseball in Victoria.
With only five days left in which to raise the $35,000 necessary to keep a Western International League franchise in the city, Athletic Booster Club officials, sponsors of the “Save Baseball Fund,” exposed a dark outlook for the success of the drive last night. Only $2,400 has been received or pledged to date.
A.B.C. officials expressed keen disappointment at the response to their drive and doubt that the additional $32,600 needed can be raised in the short time remaining.
Chairman Frank Ireland reported that only the “little fellow” has responded so far. Nothing has been received from those in a better position to help the drive and failure of the Junior Chamber of Commerce to heed an appeal to canvas the business firms has been disappointing.
A.B.C. officials remain hopeful, however, that the response will improve after the week end pay day.
Added impetus to the final push will be provided by Ted Norbert, who has agreed to manage the Athletics if the drive is successful. Norbert will arrive in town this morning to add his support to the drive.