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Oregon sports history
Jan. 12, 1915
Only 99 years ago Buddy "Home Run" Ryan is disappointed when the Portland Beavers inform him that he will not be back with the team, which had won the 1914 Pacific Coast League title.
The 5-9, 170-pound Ryan, 29, played for Portland in 1908-11 and 1914. He had 43 homers in those five seasons, with a high of 23 in 190 games in 1911, but only three in 150 games in 1914.
Manager Walt McCredie explains that he intends to go instead with center fielder Roy Moran, formerly with the Sacramento Senators. McCredie says he was looking for a right-handed hitter with more speed than Ryan.
Ryan goes on to play for Salt Lake City (1915-18) and Sacramento (1920-25). He also managed Sacramento from 1924-32 and piloted the Bevos in 1935.
Elsewhere in Portland on Jan. 12, 1915:
The Washington High Colonials defeat Franklin 60-22 in their Portland Interscholastic League basketball opener. Portland's ice hockey team loses 4-3 at Victoria in Northwest League play. And the Portland Amateur Hockey League has a key game on tap Waverley Country Club vs. Portland Rowing Club, at the Portland Ice Hippodrome.