W.I. Catchers Are Improving Fast in Camps
SEATTLE, Apr. 8—Wherever else they may fold or fade, the Western International league baseball teams should have terrific catching all the way to the wire in 1949.
Tbe outstanding team in an outstanding backstop picture is Wenatchee, which has both Nick Pesut and Clint Cameron to wear the “tools of ignorance.” Pesut was up with Sacracmento in the Coast league and Cameron with Hollywood and both are heavy hitters.
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Cameron tags the ball of well he may wind up on first base or in the outfield so the team can get the benefit of his clouting strength every day without benching.
Vancouver - which must be rated as one of the pennant-bidders, even this early — picked up Frank Constantino, ex-Yakiman, to spell off manager Bill Brenner back of the plate.
Spokane, short handed in all departments, has ball pounding Joe Rossi wearing the big mit. Rossi hit .327 last season and chased in 98 runs. Yakima enters the lists with Ray Orteig and Salem can rely on Manager Bill Beard, formerly with Seattle and Portland in the Coast circuit.
Bremerton in Lewiston
Reports were incomplete here on Bremerton, but Manager Alan Strange is known to have the quantity if not the quality. Victoria was worried over its backstopping until young Bob Day started smashing out practice game homers. He'll be in there with the mask and pads. Tacoma was in much the same shape as Victoria, then Bill Chambers checked into camp, donned the tools to catch an excellent practice game and clouted a home run.
The league season opens April 21 and no team is yet in its home camp.
Wenatchee, training at Lindsay, Calif., had a clean sweep in exhibition
games through the middle of this week. Other teams in California are Victoria at Boyes Springs, Spokane at Woodland, Yakima at Santa Rosa and Tacoma at Ontario. Salem is training at Corvallis, Ore., Bremerton at Lewiston, Idaho, and Vancouver at Penticton, B.C.