Friday, 20 July 2007

Ted Norbert Fired

Norbert Ousted as Manager; Yankees Send Replacement
Earl Bolyard Selected; Buccola Interim Pilot
Victoria Athletics were rained out at Tacoma last night but the city's W.I.L. entry provided the top baseball news of the day with the announcement of a managerial change. Out goes Ted Norbert after two full seasons and parts of two others as manager and in comes Earl Bolyard, longtime outfielder in the New York Yankees system who had been managing the Norfolk club in the Piedmont League this year.
Announcement of the change was made by Business Manager Reg Patterson from Tacoma early this morning. Patterson left hurriedly for Tacoma yesterday after receiving word from Yankees officials that Bolyard was being sent to take over the team. This puts an end to rumors about a managerial shift, momentarily stilled two weeks ago when J.V. Johnson, club presdent, announced that Norbert would finish the season.
Norbert took over the A's from Laurel Harney early in the 1946 season, when the club finished last. He wound up fifth in 1947 after a great pennant race, and last year his club ended up in third spot. The current standing of the A's is well known to fans and whether or not is has been all Norbert's fault will provide food for many an argument.
Not much is known about Bolyard except that he is considered a fine handler of young players and is well thought of by Yankee farm officials. He played in the high minors for many years and may be remembered as a one-time Oakland outfielder. He is expected to join the club in Victoria this week-end. In the meantime, the A's will be handled on the field by Vic Buccola, starting tonight when they tangle with the Tacomans in a double-header.
- Colonist, June 29, 1949

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