Saturday, 15 December 2007

Training Camp — April 3, 1952

Propst in Hitless Stint As Tyees Best Salinas
By JIM TANG [Victoria Colonist]
SALINAS, April 3—Victoria Tyees won their first game of the 1952 season by defeating Salinas Brownies, 5-3, before more than 300 fans at Municipal Park today.
It was an improved Victoria club that took the field for the second game between the two teams. Manager Cec Garriott started his best available talent and for the five innings, the first-stringers were in. Tyees looked good. They had trouble in the last four but managed to get by each time.
Jim Propst pitched the first three innings and looked sharp. He walked the first two hitters but was boss from there, striking out the third batter and forcing the fourth to hit into the first of two Victoria double plays. He retired the last eight men in order, giving up neither hit nor run and striking out four.
George Randolph, huge colored righthander, took the middle three innings and showed plenty of stuff but also lack of experience. He set the side down in order in two innings but ran into trouble in the fifth. A great catch by shortstop Granny Gladstone pulled him out with only one run chalked up against him.
Bill Wisneski, husky righthander, finished up. He had the most trouble of all but he may turn out to be a find. He has food pitching form and throws hard. He forced a run in in the seventh by giving up there walks around a single but started an inning-ending double play. An error by right fielder Harvey Allen cost him a run in the eighth and a single and walk put the tying run on in the ninth, but he ended the game with a strikeout.
After bases on balls to Luther Branham and Garrriott, a ground single by Don Pries had loaded the bases in the first, Bob Moniz put Tyees ahead with a two-run single. A double by Milt Martin, a walk a single by Garriott and an error scored two more for Tyees in the fourth. The replacement scored an insurance run in the eighth, Maisoe Bryant leading off with a double, moving to third on a sacrifice and scoring on Ernie Sites’ single.
Gladstone looked great at shortstop. In addition to a great catch, he got a runner at first from deep short with a terrific throw, showed a strong arm again in pivoting on the double play. Although hitless, it was only because the left fielder pulled down his screecher up against the fence at the 367-foot mark.
Branham also gave cause for satisfaction. The little second baseman is probably the fastest on the club on the bases.
He broken up a double play with his speed and stole twice. The first time he got off to a bad start and barely made it but he got the jump on the second and the catcher did not bother to make the throw.
Tomorrow, the Tyees meet Monetery Navy Post Graduate School, play at Stockton Saturday and Sunday, and meet Fort Ord at Salinas on Monday.
Salinas ......... 000 010 110—3 5 2
Victoria ........ 200 200 010—5 10 1
King, Garcia (6) and Hanna, Brooks (2); Propst, Randolph (4), Wisneski (7) and Martin, Bryant (6).

Scalise Reconsiders, Reports to Caps’ Camp
[Vancouver Province, April 3]
Outfielder Joe Scalise, who was considering not reporting to the Capilanos’ baseball camp, has changed his mind. He turned up at the Caps’ spring training base at Penticton Wednesday, general manager Bob Brown reported. Scalise, bought from Flink, hit .331 for that Class A Central League club last season.
Another outfielder, Bob Duretto, first-baseman Chuck Abernathy, and pitchers Don Tisnerat and George Stassi also joined the Cap forces Wednesday.

Eric Whitehead’s FANFARE
[Vancouver Province, April 3, 1952]
Up in Penticton’s Frigid Zone
PENTICTON—Everything was just ducky for the first Capilano spring workout here Thursday. Almost everything, that is.
The equipment was all nicely laid out, the field was in good shape, the lads were raring to go—in fact, there was only one thing wrong.
Somebody forgot to plug in the heat.
It was so cold that a squadron of Red Cross relief pigeons flew over the field and dropped bundles of warm clothing.
Classic comment of the day came from lazy-talking Eddie Locke, the colored pitcher who came up here with his buddy Jesse Williams straight from Texas: Edward took one short sniff of the 40-degree ozone, rolled his eyes plaintively, pointed to nearby Lake Okanagan and said:”Man, ah’m gonna jump right into that watah an’ keep on swimmin’ ‘till ah come to some wahm country. Yessuh.”
Right now on paper—oh flimsy substance—Schuster will tell you his club—bar the pitching—is already better than the one that finished second in 1951.
Ray Tran Will Have Battle
The infield, even as it figures right now, with Schuster back at third, Ray Tran and Jesse Williams at short and second, and Jim Wert at firsr, could stand pat at any A league or better. Ray Tran, particularly if Reno Cheso returns, will have a real battle to stay in, because Williams’ natural position is shortstop.
Big Chuck Abernathy is of course, back for a whack at his old first-base job—but how can you deny Jim Wert, a hustling, .330 long-ball hitter who all but busted into the Seattle Rainiers’ lineup?Schuster has few, if any, worries in the outfield, what with Edo Vanni, .330 last year with Spokane, plus Bob Duretto and Joe Scalise, the latter a .300 plus hitter year in A-ball, plus Seattle optionee Bill Cleveland and at least one Rainier castoff yet to come.
Behind the plate: John Ritchey, which is just about enough said, except that he’ll be hustled plenty by newcomer John Wilburn, who is both talented and ambitious.
Schuster’s big question mark: pitching.
“Look,” he mourns, “at what we have to replace: Bob Snyder, won 27 lost 7; Pete Hernandez, 17-4; Bud Beasley, 5-0; Vernon Kindsfather, 3-0. that adds up to 52 wins against 11 losses. Know any pitchers who can give me 52-11 for the season?”
Locke, Butts Rated High
Negro pitchers Harry Butts and Eddie Locke are figured—at least by Bob Brown, to be the “secret weapons” to replace Snyder, now with Memphis, and Hernandez, now with Seattle.
Butts had a 6-1 record with Indianapolis, 1951 Negro American League pennant winners, then later played tournament ball for Brandon, Manitoba, winning eight straight without a loss. He also had a brief hitch in the Venezuelan Winter League, finished with an all-told season record of 20-2.
Locke, who also has ambitions as an outfielder, pitched ten minutes batting practice Thursday, displayed a live, spinning ball and a very deceptive delivery that looks good for his future WIL win column.
Schuster can expect little or no pitching help from Seattle. Seattle, and the entire Coast League for that matter, is itself crying for good pitchers.
Rainier manager Bill Sweeney says, “If my pitching comes through, I’ve got one helluva ball club.”
That goes for the poor man’s Bill Sweeney, Bill Schuster.

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