Saturday, 4 October 2008

Victoria a Lock For WIL in 1946

Pro Baseball Is Practically Assured Here
[Victoria Colonist, Sep. 7, 1945]
Pleased with the enthusiastic response given to the canvass by local businessmen and confident that the $35,000 objective would be reached before the reorganization of the Western International Baseball League on September 16, directors of the Victoria Baseball and Athletic Co., Ltd., yesterday expressed the opinion that professional baseball is practically assured for this city.
At the same time it was closed that three other cities, Yakima, Wenatchee and Bellingham, are interested in receiving a franchise in the W.I.B.L. However, league members are opposed to an eight-team circuit, and with four teams after the two spots it is apparent that quite a battle looms.
Laurel Harney and J.V. Johnson, directors of the Victoria Baseball and Athletic Co., Ltd., will attend the baseball parlay and put up a battle to bring professional baseball to this city.
While not wishing to disclose the amount of capital raised, a spokesman stated last night that more than 50 shareholders are already listed with the local organization. “Our plan is to make it an all-Victoria project, and for that reason, we are confining membership to local residents,” the spokesman added.

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