By SID THOMAS
[Victoria Colonist, July 24, 1945]
Victoria appears to be the prize baseball plum in the latest gossip about the revival next season of the Western International Baseball League.
Ever since the first news break that efforts would be made to revive the now defunct professional baseball loop, promoters near and far have expressed a keen interest in a franchise for the city.
Clint Hodges, former local baseball player, started the ball rolling quite early. His proposed was followed by a report that George Norgan, president of the Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League, was interested in Victoria as a possible farm club for the Beavers.
And now, crowding the already crowded picture, is a report that California interests with major league affiliations, are interested in Victoria. The latest promoters, according to reports, have the dough-ray-me available to make necessary park improvements and install lights at the Caledonia Avenue ball lot.
With so many fingers in the pie, surely some one will be able to pluck the juicy plum and give Victoria professional baseball in 1946.
Revival of the meeting was assured at a meeting of directors at Seattle, Sunday, with six and perhaps eight clubs going after the bunting.
And once again it appears that Victoria, the Capital City of British Columbia, which during the past few years has made great strides in baseball attendance at Royal Athletic Park, will be back in professional ball in 1946.