Saturday, 15 December 2007

Vancouver, Victoria Getting Ready

Contracts Mailed Out To 21 Prospective Caps
[Vancouver Province, Feb. 19]
Contracts are going out this week to some 21 prospective members of this year’s Vancouver Capilano baseball team, general manager Bob Brown announced today.
“We already have four or five signed,” said Brown. “Fellows we’ve picked up since last season.” Most of them will be on hand when the Class A International [sic] League team opens training at Penticton the first week in April, with a further contingent to come from Seattle Rainiers camp in California.

A’s Start April 1 at Salinas
[Victoria Colonist Feb. 19 1952]
Unless there is an unexpected last-minute hitch in arrangements, Victoria Athletics will open their spring training at Salinas on April 1.
The bustling little California city (33,000), about 90 miles south of San Francisco is anxious to get the Victoria club and has offered a training bargain. The A’s can have full-time use of a modern park, including lighting and club house facilities, for 10 per cent of gross gates of any exhibition games they may play. While Victoria officials have yet to sign the contract, acceptance is a foregone conclusion.
Business manager Reg Patterson stated last night that the April 1 date, opening day of Coast League play, was chosen to enable players to join the A’s direct from the Portland training camp at Riverside. He was certain there would be no difficulty in arranging a full slate of exhibition games with University of California, Stanford, Santa Clara, San Jose and Salinas teams as well as Spokane Indians, all available in the vicinity.

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