Caps, Spokane, Lose in Draft
COLUMBUS, O., Dec. 3, 1951—The Vancouver Capilanos will need some rebuilding before the next Western International League season opens.
Caps lost their tops stars today at Columbus where the golden jubilee convention of the minor baseball leagues began with the annual draft for “AAA,” “AA,” and “A” league.
Bob Snyder, who had a 27-7 record last season, was taken by Memphis of the Southern Association, while Dick Sinovic, who is .342 and batted in 115 runs, will play in the same “AA” league with Chattanooga.
Snyder and Sinovic were among 66 players drafted by the nine leagues for a total of $224,000, compared to 77 players at $278,000 last season.
Spokane’s champion Indians lost two pitchers, Jim Holder, 11-2, and Dick Aubertin being taken by Columbus of the Class “A” Sally League.
Fifth W.I.L. player drafted, Jose Bache, .277-hitting Tacoma shortstop, was picked up by Dayton of Class “A” Central League.
Bears Take One
COLUMBUS, O., Dec. 4—Only one Western International League team was involved as Class B clubs took their turn in the minor baseball draft Tuesday.
Pitcher Bill Stites from El Paso, Texas, of the Southwest International League went to the Yakima Bears.