Bill Skiff and Doc Richards

Manager Bill Skiff, left, with team trainer Lewis “Doc” Richards, reading congratulatory telegrams when the Rainiers won the Pacific Coast League title in 1941. Skiff, fired in June 1946, still testified on behalf of the Rainiers, affirming their claim that Niemiec was too old to play second base effectively, although Skiff himself had been an active player when he was older than him. (DAVE ESKENAZI COLLECTION)