Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Vancouver Capilanos 1948 Preview

Capilanos' Chief Smiles
VANCOUVER, B. C., April 6 — Strength down the middle, speed on the hill and power at the plate. Those appear to be prospects of the Western International League's defending champions Vancouver Capilanos this season.
Business Manager Bob Brown is unusually happy and hopes that this season Vancouver will improve its .001 finish ahead of Spokane last year.
While he won't come right out and predict the September finish of his favorite team, he will say "they'll have a cracking good ball club."
Manager Bill Brenner is out for second pennant in his second year at boss and will anchor the through-the-middle combination as catcher. Joe Kaney looks good for second and pre-war veteran Ralph (Sammy) Samhammer seems set in centre field. Kaney played with Lynn, Mass., last season.
Bill Reese will return to his first-base job, training camp stories say. Little Len Tran has looked sharp at third while newcomer Dick Briskey, who has played second, third and short equally well, will likely play the latter. Bud Hjelmaa could get the utility slot.
Bob Stumpf, if he is returned from Seattle, will get the other catching job.
Orrin Snyder, edged out at first, has moved to left field because of his hitting. Charlie Mead will end up in the right pasture.
Getting down to what many consider to be the most important part of any successful club, the pitching staff looks pretty fair. Last year's 22-game winner, Lefty Jim Hedgecock, is expected back from Seattle on option.
One youngster named Bob White, another lefty Dumbrojie, Larry Manier, Carl Gunnarson and a fifth man from the number trying out at the Sunnyside, Wash. camp will fill out the full-time mound corps.
White is a big right-hander, while Dumbrojie and Gunnarson are southpaws. Brenner is going in strong for the sillysiders because of the short right field barrier in the Caps' home park.

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