Vanni Returns To 'His' Club
SEATTLE, Sept. 22—Edo Vanni, fleet-footed outfielder who scampered to a new stolen base record in the Western International league this season, once more is wearing the
uniform of the Seattle Rainiers—"his club"—for six years.
Wednesday night at San Francisco, Vanni's single figured in a three-run seventh inning Rainier rally that tied the score in the second game of the final series with the Seals. An earlier double had gone to waste.
The nimble flychaser was signed as a free agent by Seattle last Sunday to help plug a gap left by the Boston Red Sox's immediate recall of Neill Sheridan.
Cut loose by Seattle early in 1947, Vanni played in the south that year and then joined the Spokane Indians of the W.I.L. circuit at the start of the '48 campaign. His base running and always dangerous bat were a major factor in the Tribe's stretch drive to a pennant.
Last week Vanni asked and got his release from Spokane. He suited up with the Rainiers the same day he signed here and saw action in the second game of a Sunday twin bill with Los Angeles. He went hitless in three trips.
Then he rode the bench until being named to Wednesday night's starting lineup.
Vanni has made no secret of the fact he feels this is his chance to "show his stuff" and again become a regular with the Rainiers.
Because he was added to the Seattle roster after the August 1 deadline, Vanni will not be eligible to compete in the PCL Governor's cup playoffs.
His six seasons with the Rainiers began in 1939 and were interrupted during the war years. He was Seattle's leading hitter in 1940 and 1946.