Joe E. Brown' s Son Wants To Purchase Spokane Ball Club
SPOKANE, Feb. 2.— Joe D. Brown, son of movie comedian Joe E. Brown, is interested in buying the Spokane Indians baseball club, co-owner John (Buddy) Ryan said.
Ryan said Brown had called him twice in the last two weeks to inquire about possibilities of buying Spokane's entry in the class B Western International League.
Control of the club, which lost its home field in a fire last fall, is complicated by a dispute between the co-owners, Ryan and J. Lamar Butler. A suit to dissolve the partnership is in the courts. League directors are trying to speed some kind of settlement so Spokane will be able to field a team by spring.
Rebuilding of Spokane Indians Baseball Park Finally Gets Started
SPOKANE, March 30—Rebuilding of the Spokane Indians home baseball park finally started today.
The Ferris field stands burned last October. Reconstruction has been delayed by management squabbles and changes and a dispute over insurance claims which finally was settled this week.
Roy Hotchkiss, new co-owner of the 1948 Western International league champions, said the new stands will be an all-steel, pre-fabricated type, and will be permanent.
The club is using pre-fabricated material to save time and to allow for future expansion and alteration.
Hotchkiss said he had asked the league to delay the opening of the Indians home season from April 29 to May 10. This would involve the postponement of one home series.
Meanwhile, the Indians opened spring training in Woodland, Calif. Seven players reported Tuesday morning, Hotchkiss said. Two members of last year's club have reported so far. Three others are expected this week. Six of the 1948 players are holdouts, he said.