Saturday, 28 July 2007

Wednesday morning, September 7, 1949

Herald Sports Editor
Wanna buy a couple of baseball players? We know two that are for sale. Of course, the price tag runs into five figures, but then these are no ordinary players. One of them, Jim Warner, is the Western International league home run king. He's also a whale of an outfielder and don't act surprised if he's named to the WIL all-star team. His contract can be had for $25,000.
For an infielder, and at second base in particular, you'd have to go up to another class of baseball and do some hard looking to find a better man than Clyde Haskell. Clyde will go for $15,000. Both these players are now the property of the Chiefs and Dick Richards, general manager of the team, says that the sound of the big league scouts buzzing around these two is similar to that at the national air races.
- Tri-City Herald, Wednesday, September 07, 1949

PORTLAND, Sept. 7—Three members of the Salem Senators have been called up for seasoning with the parent Portland Beavers. They are catcher Bill Burgher, pitcher Cal McIrvin and outfielder Bob Cherry. Outfielder Art Pennington also was to have joined the Coast League club but was forced to return home by illness in his family.

W.I.L. Playoffs Start Tonight
Western International League baseball playoffs start Wednesday night in Yakima and Vancouver, B. C.
At Yakima, the 1949 champion Yakima Bears will entertain the third-place Spokane Indians. Second-place Vancouver plays host to fourth-place Wenatchee's Chiefs.
Both series are for best-of-five. After the first two games the teams switch to Spokane and Wenatchee. If a fifth, game is needed the teams return to Yakima or Vancouver.
Winners of the two elimination series then will clash in another best-of-five set for the playoff title.
Yakima received $2,000 for winning the pennant. Players will split the playoff swag, with $1,500 going to the winning team; $1,000 to the runner-up and $750 apiece to the
third and fourth clubs.
(WILfan note - I didn't realise the word "swag" was in use this early, but there it is in the AP story)

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