Sunday, June 3, 2007

Victoria Changes Manager

Laurel Harney Resigns
VICTORIA, May 30—Victoria Athletics, lowly cellar-dwelling occupants of the WIL have announced the resignation of Laurel Harney, team manager since the start of the season.
Harney tendered his resignation yesterday at Spokane where the Athletics are engaged in a split series with the Indians but will remain in charge of the team until his successor is appointed.
Directors of the club immediately set about the task of getting a replacement for the local man, and announced negotiations are in progess with a “name” player to take over the post. Acceptance of terms is anticipated in a few days, with the possibilty of the new pilot being at the helm of the A's when they return here next week to open a seven game series with the Salem Senators.
One of the key men in the plan to return professional baseball to Victoria, Harney was appointed manager of the Athletics when the local club was granted a franchise in the WIL. He signed all the players and organised the team but has been unable to produce a winning combination. In their recent 14-game hometown stand at Royal Athletic Park, the A's were only able to win two games. Back on the road, the team dropped two more to Wenatchee and Tuesday, lost their opener to Spokane.
In their latest move to bolster the team, the Athletics signed two former Spokane players. Neil Clifford, a catcher, worked behind the plate for Victoria club on Tuesday night when Bill Dunn played shortstop.

Norbert Chosen Vancouver Boss
PORTLAND, Ore., May 30—Ted Norbert, erstwhile home run king of the Pacific Coast League and former Portland Beaver baseball player, today announced his acceptance of the manager post of the Victoria Athletics of the Western International loop.
Norbert, a 37-year-old outfielder was released this spring by Seattle after a coast loop career with Portland, Los Angeles and San Francisco. He came to the Coast in the deal that sent Joe DiMaggio to New York.

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