WIL Teams Reach Limits
By The Associated Press [May 23, 1951]
There was no general rush for the exits to get league Western International baseball rosters down to the 17-player limit.
Only one team, Tacoma, had to do any large scale job with the pruning hook last week. The Tiger management cut seven players off the roster. Tri-City cut three adrift.
Some clubs added to their rosters. Yakima cut loose three and added five. Wenatchee was down to 16 at the weekend deadline and has since drawn for a full house.
These were the highlights of the final pre deadline shuffle:
Tacoma— Returned pitcher Guzman Amador to Mexicali of Southwestern international league; optioned pitchers Keith Bowman, Jim McDaniel and Ivan Goldizen, infielder Froilan Mendez and catcher Lee Smith to Bakersfleld of the California league; and optioned pitcher Manuel Fierro to Tiajuana of the S.W. International.
Tri City—Released catcher Mike Michelson and Pitcher Jim Olsen (0-2); Sold outfielder Reuben Navarro to Fresno of the California state league.
Yakima—Make its changes a week ago by sending pitchers Les Maddox and Don Bedford to
Twin Falls; acquired pitcher Bill Beemler from the Central Association, shortstop Dick Briskey from Beaumont in the Texas League, Matt Zidich from San Francisco and outfielder Tommy O'Laughlin and pitcher Warren Noyes from Victoria.
Vancouver—Already down to 17-player limit.
Victoria—Released Gene Gavigilio and Johnny Vick.
Spokane—Down to limit a week ago with release of relief pitcher Hank Weaver.
Salem—Pitcher Ludwig Lew pulled an arm tendon and went on disabled list to make it 17.
Wenatchee—Was below par at 16; added pitchers Lou Tost and Walt Raimondi this week after Oakland's recall of southpaw Dave Dahle cut roster to 15.