League Idea To Get Some Consideration
SPOKANE, July 18—The proposal of William P. Ulrich, owner of the Spokane Indians baseball team when the Western International league was operating to permit other cities to join the league so that it may function next year, is being met with both enthusiasm and skepticism in this territory.
Ulrich said he would propose to the league directors at a meeting in Seattle Sunday that neighboring cities jointly support teams to permit the league to function with six or eight teams.
Salem, Tacoma, Spokane and Vancouver, B.C., the four cities operating clubs when war conditions stopped league operations, will be represented at the meeting Sunday. Ulrich's idea is to invite representatives from Victoria, B.C., Vancouver, Wash., Bellingham, Yakima, Wenatchee, Pasco, Kennewick, Clarkston and Lewiston, Idaho. He stated he would suggest cities near enough together jointly sponsor teams to provide adequate backing.
Loyd Harris, Lewiston baseball promoter who fathered the Pioneer league of Idaho and Utah and had a hand in the organization of the Western International League, welcomed the Spokane proposals. However a Lewiston newspaper quotes Harris as saying he would prefer a new compact diamond loop embracing only teams east of mountains.
Harris for some time has been proposing a league which would take in towns in eastern Washington, northern Idaho, and Montana. He suggested such a circuit could include Spokane, Wenatchee, Yakima, Walla Walla and Pasco-Kennewick or Richland, Wash., Missoula and Butte, Montana and Lewiston.