Clipped From The Palm Beach Post
New Blood, Cash Injected Into 1951 FIL Flamingos (Another in the series on prospect of Florida International Leago baseball teams). 14 By JOHN McMULLAN Miami Daily News Sports Writer MIAMI BEACH, (Manipulator of other people's cash for three years as business manager, Joe Ryan is risking some of his cwn this year on the thoroughly renovated Miami Beach Flamingos. Since Ryan has been one of the more respected baseball operators in the Florida International League, this abandonment of his financial caution presumably auguss well for the club which has an affinity for third place in the Class B circuit. At any rate, the Flamingos have been given a general over-hauling from ownership to players and even to ball park, with just enough left of each to make them still recognizable. Ryan and President Leo Adeeb, local automobile dealer, head a group of Beach business and civic leaders who last winter bought out the stock of Sam Shapiro and Syd Gans. Carl. Gardner, the other member of that well-known unit, retained his share in the club. Possibly because of the national emergency, Ryan has broken his customary policy of independent operation and cast his lot with the Atlanta Crackers, who in turn have a working agreement with the Boston Braves. Atlanta already has shipped in eight players, including new man - ager George Spec" Dozier. Dozier, who at 29 is the young - est manager in the F-I, has two pennants in as many previous managerial attempts to recommend him. He guided Pensacola to top place in the Southeastern League last year after getting home first with Gainesville in the Florida State League in 1949. Dozier is right back where he started in professional baseball; he broke in at Miami Beach as an 18-year-old rookie in 1940. Seven 1950 Flamingos are back to give Dozier a solid basis on which to hound Atlanta for more aid. They are pitchers Chico Morilla (18-11), Gaspar DelMonte (9-16), Bob Zachritz (15-8) and Bin Torres 6-11); Shortstop Art Bosch and Outfielders Mike Conroy and Lou Colombo. Conroy led the league in hitting in 1949 with a lusty .357 and third last year with .311. Colombo hit .291 and drove in 91 runs, while Bosch was a flashy fielder although a puny .197 hit-! tef. Additions to the mound staff include Dario Jiminez, who had 21 victories and 10 losses at Douglas, Ga.; George Greene (14-13 at Florence, SC.); Bob Palmer (15-10 at Landis, SO, and Billy Currie (15-11 at Waycross, Ga.). Among prospects who seem certain to be with the club on opening night, April 13, are First Baseman Morton Smith, who also pitches and plays the outfield on occasion. He hit .295 at Pensacola last year and had a 5-2 record as a part-time pitcher. Either Bobby Lyons or Bob Falk, both Atlanta help transferred from disbanded Pensacola. will open at second base, while Bruce Smith or Bill Cloud will start at third. Completing the outfield will be Eddie Neighbors, an excellent defensive player but a meager .240 hitter for Florence, SC, last season. Young Tommy Venn, a .250 suincrpr will nall l'lnvtui. hoMnri ne piate : ..No promises," Dozier evades Iwhen asked it he can make the jFiaming0S his third pennant.win. nfi, ..IVe hpaH flhn.t Hn- win. ning five straight championships in this league and I don t even have an interpreter." L's Again Take Wildcat Swimmers Ft. Lauderdale's boys' swimming team had to fight for a 45-30 victory from Palm Beach High's boys last night, while the Flying L girls won with ease over the Wildcat girls, 50-20. Clara Mae Dean copped the 100-yard backstroke and the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Sally Ham-ner, Joan Frail, Carol Coston and Nancy Paty registered the other first for the local girls. Beulah Lambert, the team's ace individual medley and 100-yard breaststroke artist, was missing due to illness. Pat Hanley won the 100-yard breaststroke; Tom Kartrude the 100-yard backstroke; Ken Purdy, Jim Jorgensen, Bob Murphree and Phil King the 200-yard freestyle relay and Kartrude, George Brails-ford and Dud Cole the 150-yard medley relay, for the Wildcat boys. RiTiera in 13 20, of to and Tallahassee.