Bremerton Club Signs 19 Players for Tryout
BREMERTON, Wash., Feb. 11—Bremerton will field its first professional baseball team as an entry into the Western International League this year. It will be called the Bluejackets because of the city’s close ties with the United States Navy, will be managed by Sam Gibson, one-time pitching star with the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League.
With their opening game just over two months away the team management has already signed 19 players for tryouts.
Four pitchers included in the list are: Clarence Federmeyer, who played four seasons in the W.I.L. before the war; Gene Holt, who has had some experience with the Seattle Rainiers; Howard Johnson, who was with the Yakima Pippins, and Ray Medeghini, who played with the Tacoma Tigers.
WORKED WITH PHILS
A real catching prospect is young Hollis Hanks, who attracted the attention of big league scouts while he was with the army and who worked out with the Philadelphia Phillies when he got a month’s furlough.
Others who have had pro experience are Bill Reese, who played with the Yakima Pippins in 1940, Bill Scoppetone, an outfielder who played with Oakland in 1942 until he went into the service, and Larry Hayes, speedy outfielder with Wenatchee Chiefs and Portland Beavers.
Some players with amateur and semi-pro, most of them just out of the service, include: Verne Hill and Bob Trouse, who were with the Bellingham Bells last year; Guy Wilson, Nick Gabor, Howell Paul and Hubert Fischer.
The club’s home games will be played at Roosevelt Park, a well lighted place with a seating capacity of 4,000.