Sunday, 5 October 2008

Caps Sign One of the Bellingham Zenders

Now Dick Zender Is On Our Side
[Vancouver News-Herald, March 1, 1946]
Vancouver Capilano’s fast-growing baseball roster boasted a new, but familiar name Thursday, when Bellingham’s Dick Zender signed his name to a contract.
Zender, according to Bob Brown, picked off a sizeable bonus for signing, but Ruby Robert, who is infallible in money matters, says he’ll be worth it.
Dick, one of a large crop of Bellingham baseballing Zenders, first became known to Vancouver fans as a member of the pre-war Capilanos, but he didn’t stay along then.
Just a kid at the time, he got homesick and left the club. But he’s a big boy now, and married, and this, plus the fact he’s just completed a stint in the army, undoubtedly has settled him down.
Brown, who leaves today for Seattle Rainiers’ training cap at San Fernando, counts on Zender to put a lot of punch into the Cap lineup. Dick’s forte, as any local pitcher who faced him as a Bellingham bell the last three years will tell you, is long-hitting. And he just loves Cap Stadium’s short right field wall.
All Dick’s ball playing with Bellingham was as an outfielder, but Bob says he’s a good catcher, too. He has a very good arm, says the local sachem and is smart behind the bat as well.

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