Saturday, 4 October 2008

Wenatchee Rejected for WIL

W.I.B.L. to Operate As Six-Team Circuit
[Victoria Colonist, Oct. 2, 1945]
Following a meeting of the board of directors at Seattle on Sunday, it was decided that the revived Western International Baseball League would operate as a six-team circuit in 1946 with Yakima being granted a franchise to round out the loop, Laurel Harney, who represented the Victoria club at the meeting, along with W.T. Straith, reported last night.
With Yakima gaining the sixth franchise, the league will go to the wire next Spring with clubs from Vancouver, Victoria, Salem, Spokane and Tacoma, as well as Yakima. Wenatchee’s bid for a franchise was turned down due to the fact no suitable eighth club was available.
In the meantime, the Victoria entry is moving ahead with plans fro the resumption of professional baseball here. Information on the lighting arrangement at Sick’s Seattle Stadium was obtained and a local electrical company are already negotiating with manufacturers regarding the purchase of the necessary equipment.

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