Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Spokane Set to Resume 1946 Season

Spokane Indians Resume WI League Play Thursday
SPOKANE, July 1—Just one week after nine Spokane baseball players were killed and six injured in a bus crash, Owner Sam Collins announced Monday the Indians would resume their Western International league competition here Thursday against Yakima.
The list of new players arriving on loan of option from other clubs grew steadily longer as teams across the country contributed help to the stricken Indians.
Expected to arrive was Gale Bishop, former Washington State college basketball and baseball star who has been playing with Indianapolis in the American Association. Bishop, national scoring leader with the 1944-45 Fort Lewis basketball team, will play in the outfield.
Manager Ben Geraghty, who escaped from the flaming bus with head injuries, said another new outfielder will be Frank Hawkins, a slugger who played last year with Oakland in the Pacific Coast League. Fred Pollett of Seattle and Mel Steiner of San Diego are other outfield prospects.

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky., July 1 — Fans of the class D Kitty League will be asked to contribute to a benefit
fund for families of nine Spokane Western International players killed in a bus crash June 24. President Shelby Peace asked the eight Kitty League clubs to set aside nights on which collections will be taken among fans.

State Patrol Seeks Couple Who Followed Spokane Bus
SEATTLE, July 1 — Captain Victor M. Jones of the state patrol said Monday the patrol is seeking an elderly couple reported to have been driving behind the bus which carried nine Spokane baseball players to death off the Snoqualmie Pass Highway a week ago.
He said the officers thought they might able to give some valuable information in the case. The two assisted the injured after the crash and drove away after leaving blankets from their car.

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