By SID THOMAS
[Victoria Colonist, June 27, 1945]
VICTORIA IS READY FOR PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL
Talk of professional baseball in this city next season with a Victoria team playing in the Western International Baseball League is current on the local sports front these days, and as we have said many times before in these columns, we think this city is ready to step out into professional baseball.
However, if Victoria is going to operate in the Western International League next season, now is the time for the preliminary work to be done. We have it from an exceptionally good source that certain local interests are planning to make the move. Then, too, George Norgan, Vancouver sportsman and president of the Portland Beavers, is also interested in this city from a professional baseball viewpoint.
Growth of baseball attendances in recent years, and the support given visiting clubs are a true barometer of interest in the diamond pastime. If the Western International Baseball League plans to resume activities next season, and its chances appear to be good, we feel that Victoria should be a logical city to get a franchise.