Saturday, June 2, 2007

1946 WIL Season Ready

WI League Starts Tonight
Vancouver at Spokane.
Victoria at Wenatchee.
Tacoma at Bremerton.
Salem at Yakima.

Weather permitting, they'll unveil all eight entries in the 1946 Western International league baseball pennant chase Friday night.
It marks renewal of league competition for the first time since 1942, when four clubs toughed it but then racked their bats for the duration.
Bremerton makes its debut in professional baseball by taking on the Tacoma Tigers before the navy yard home folks. Victoria returns to the diamond wars for the first time since 1921 by ushering in Wenatchee's home season. Yakima will be watching its first baseball since 1941 when the Stars entertain Salem. Spokane looks for a bumper crowd while hosting for Vancouver.
First night batteries as nominated by the managers:
Tony Ferrara and Les Mulcahy for Victoria; Chuck Cronin and Ed Fitzgerald for Wenatchee.
Warren Martin and Dick Kemper for Tacoma; Clarence Federmeyer and Frank Volpi for Bremerton.
Ed Kowalski and Woody Salmon for Salem; Kralovich and Hugh McConnell for Yakima.
Palica, Ford or Snyder and Spurgeon for Vancouver; Kinnamon, Prosser, or Cadinha and Cole for Spokane.
Friday, April 26, 1946

SPOKANE — The Spokane Indians Thursday night announced the release of Manager Glen Wright on eve of their opening game of the Western International baseball league season.
Sam W. Collins, club owner, said Mel Cole, 25-year-old catcher, had been named temporary manager for the team.
In a statement released from a hospital where he underwent a major operation 10 days ago, Collins said the change was made because of Wright’s illness “and was for the best interests of baseball in Spokane.”
Friday, April 26, 1946

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