Wednesday, 12 December 2007

WIL Managerial Roundup

Schuster, Luby Only Two As Holdovers in W.I.L.
[Victoria Colonist, Dec. 20, 1951]
Unless Bob Sturgeon is returned by Victoria—presuming that there will be a club in Victoria—there will be only two holdover managers in the W.I.L. nest year.
Bill Schuster, who led the Vancouver Capilanos to a second-place finish, and Salem’s Hugh Luby, who wound up a notch lower, are the only 1951 mangers to get another chance. Both were first-year men last season.
Two clubs named new managers yesterday, Wenatchee signing Dick Adams and Yakima coming to terms with Dario Lodigiani.
Adams, now 30, played first base for the 1946 Chiefs and was drafted by Philadelphia after a big season. He has played and managed at Stockton for the past two seasons and will be a playing manager at Wenatchee.
Lodigiani, veteran Coast League infielder who was under consideration for the Victoria job last season and might have replaced Dick Barrett has it been possible to get him away from San Francisco, is a long-ball hitter who has long been tabbed as managerial timber.
Adams replaces Rupert Thompson while Lodigiani takes over from Bill Brenner. Brenner will be retained, temporarily at least, as business manager according to Yakima owner Junior Mercy.
Tri-City and Spokane made their managerial announcements earlier. Don Osborn, former W.I.L. pitching ace, supplanted Alan Strange, let go at Spokane despite a championship club, while the Braves signed left-hander Charlie Gassaway to replace Charlie Peterson. Gassaway, ex major and Coast League veteran, finished last season with Wenatchee.
That leaves Victoria and Lewiston, replacing Tacoma next season. It is reported that Joe Orengo, who managed Yakima in 1950 and was general manager of the San Francisco Seals in 1951, will take over at Lewiston in the dual role of business and field manager. There is nothing further on the situation in Victoria, where the Athletics still have a “for sale” tag.

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