Saturday, 4 October 2008

Vancouver Hires Ex-Coast Leaguer as Manager

Brown Secures Johnson as Cap Boss
[Vancouver Province Dec. 8, 1945]
A baseball combination that started here in 1920 will continue in 1946 when veteran pitcher Sylvester Johnson joins Bob Brown as playing manager of the Capilanos of the Western International Baseball League.
The securing of Johnson from the Seattle Rainiers was announced today by Ruby Robert from the National Association meeting in Chicago.
Bob started the chucker in Vancouver and he went up to the majors for 17 years. Not only will his still-useless arm be valuable to the Caps, but Johnson’s experience with pitchers and players as a coach with Seattle the past three years, should help him turn in a good job as boss.
Managers have been hard to find and Bob Brown admits that he is very pleased with securing Cy from Bill Skiff of the Seattle Coasters.
More than 1000 minor league delegates attended the meetings, Brown reports, adding that it was a red-hot session, with the coast league having a good chance to become the third major loop.

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