Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Salem Senators 1948 Preview

Salem Team Has Balance
SALEM, Ore., April 7—Manager "Blackjack" Wilson doesn't shed much light on the prospects of his completely remodeled Salem Senators, but it looks like his team will be among the leaders of the Western International baseball league in 1948.
Wilson performed a minor miracle last year when he brought his weak-hitting club almost to the pennant. It finished third, dropping out in the final week. A former Boston Red Sox pitcher, Wilson master-mined the team into its strong finish by his work with the pitchers and his emphasis on strong defense.
While the Senators haven't had much training because of the heavy spring rains, it appears the club will be well-balanced.
Vince Lazor, the team's top pitcher, and Hunk Anderson, a W.I.L. veteran, will be back on the hill. Three other pitchers—Gene Peterson, Buzz Sporer and Daryle Eliason—are back again, but they didn't show much promise last season. Wilson has four rookie pitchers who might make good.
Two Men Back
In the infield positions, the only men who played last year are Mel Nunes, sparkling heavy-hitting third baseman and Al Spaeter at second base. Jim Wirt, a California state league veteran, is expected to strengthen the team at first, a weak spot last year. At shortstop will be Joe Gedzius, a former San Diego player who had a good record with Bremerton.
The new catcher is Buster McMillan, a big boy who batted over .300 in both the Texas League and the Southern Association.
Expected to Hit
The outfielders are expected to have lots of hitting power. Dick Sinovic, who last year was both a wild pitcher and a good outfielder, is going to give up pitching this year. Dick Gentzkow had a big year with Albuquerque last year and Chet Hartman was a fence-buster in the California state league. Bob Cherry, who had a good record with Denver last year, also is expected to report.
The Senators hope to get another infield and a starting pitcher from the parent Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast league. The Beavers aren't very popular around Salem right now. Before the season opened, they optioned three of Salem's best players to other leagues.
They were shortstop Bud Peterson and outfielders Eddie Barr and Hal Summers. The fans think the Beavers ought to do something for Salem.

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