Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Introducing Coast League Newcomers, January 26, 1924

Merrill File, Pitcher, Vernon.

Born Paterson, N. J., September 14, 1901; height 5 feet 11 1/2 inches; weight 189 pounds. Throws right handed. Bats both ways.
First engagement- Clovis, Panhandle-Pecos Valley League, 1923. Finished season with Vernon.
1923 record- Won 19 games and lost 13; percentage, .594. Batted .287 and fielded .975.
Pitched 37 innings with Vernon, winning one game and losing two.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Missing Spark Plug

The Seattle Daily Times, Sunday Morning, September 7, 1924

Billy Lane, Seattle Star, to Be Honored Monday

Here we have him in poses grown familiar to Seattle fans through the three years little Billy has been playing with the Indians. "The Missing Spark Plug" we've named this camera story of little Bill, not because he's worn out, nor because he's refused to function. He's "The Missing Spark Plug" because a pitched ball hit him in the head, fractured his skull and forced his retirement for probably the rest of the season. Monday, Seattle fans and players are giving him a day - Billy Lane Day. His friends hope the Seattle ball park will be packed. The photographs show Billy's smiling face, his pose at bat, crossing first base and various sliding poses, an art at which he is so proficient that he is known as the Coast League's best base runner.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Killefer Convinced Tribe Is Strong

Seattle Daily Times, Sunday, March 16, 1924

"When Red Killefer leads his Seattle Indians out for inspection of home fans at the Rainier Valley ball yard next month, three new members of the club, pictured above (picture not available), will be given close attention. Cliff Brady, the midget second sacker from Rochester, is expected to work into a great second base combination with Sammy Crane. George Steuland, pitcher, is the man Killefer is grooming to take the place of Elmer Jacobs. Earl Baldwin, last year with Los Angeles, is expected to give Seattle a boost in the back-stopping department."