Cubs Purchase Right Handed Hurler from Shreveport Club, Daily Racing Form, 1954-06-09


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Cubs Purchase Right Handed Hurler From Shreveport Club By the United Press The Chicago Cubs, aching for relief pitchers, yesterday announced the purchase of right handed hurler William Tremel, 25, whom they called the best available relief pitcher now in the high minor leagues, from Shreveport of the Texas league. They also bought right hander John Andre, 28, from Shreveport, but he will not report to the club until the end of the Texas league season and playoffs, if Shreveport is involved. Tremel will report to the club immediately. To make room for him, the Cubs optioned pitcher Jim Willis to Shreveport. Cubs manager Stan Hack said recently that the Cubs were scouring the minors for the best available relief pitcher, as they had been unable to "make a deal" in the majors, even with the offer of good players or cash. In disclosing the Tremel purchase, a Cub "spokesman disclosed the concentration which the club, harassed by hurling weakness to accompany its hard-hitting attack, had hunted for relief. He said that they had been searching the minors intensively and for the past 10 days scout Ray Hayworth had trailed Tremel. During the week end he recommended the hiring of the right hander and coach Ray Blades left the parent club to look over Tremel. He concurred, and the deal was made. - Tremel has appeared in 19 games this season in a relief role, winning four and losing one. In 35 innings, he has given up 21 hits, six runs and walked nine, while striking out 20. Last year he appeared in 60 games, all but one in relief. He won seven games, lost four. Andre has won eight and lost three for Shreveport.

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