Saturday, 4 October 2008

Luarel Harney to be Victoria Field Boss

Harney Will Manage Victoria Ball Club
[Victoria Colonist, Nov. 8, 1945]
Laurel Harney, who has played a leading role in the organizing of the Victoria entry in the Western International Baseball League, will manage the local club next year. Confirmation of his appointment was made yesterday by officials of the Victoria Baseball and Athletic Co., Ltd., owners of the franchise.
A prominent sports figure in Western Canada, Harney starred for Edmonton baseball clubs for many years. He toured with the House of David nine in 1938, and on the strength of his showing was [unreadable]d enough to receive a tryout with the Seattle Rainiers in 1939. In recent years, his baseball activity has been confined to Victoria and local fans know him well as the playing manager of the powerful V.M.D. clubs in 1943 and 1944. Well versed in baseball strategy, Harney believes condition and hustle are of paramount importance and fans are assured the local W.I.B.L. entry will be a fighting ball club.

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