Message from Almanac Reader Don Follett on Clem Labine and Others

Got your latest issue of AA almanac. Nice job, I always enjoy them. I saw the item on Lew Riggs, page 52. I know he was with the Saints in 1947,as i saw him; maybe 1937,too, as you say.

It’s amazing the number of minor league baseball research web sites out there. I was just exploring a few today. But I couldn’t verify Riggs’ minor league teams. (Do you have back copies of Who’s Who in the American Association? basically, a photo album of each team member taken in the spring. Lineups change by the end of the year. I have a couple of the years.) Was there a Billy Klaus who played with the Millers, (or Twins, my memory is gone) too?

I was in Vero Beach two years ago in March, watching the Dodgers vs. the Mets, and woundup by accident sitting behind Clem Labine and his wife (I first noticed the 1955 Dodgers World Championship ring on his finger, but couldn’t tell who it was, until I asked him. He was quite the hero in St Paul along with reliefer Lee Griffith. Maybe I mentioned I was a St. Paul kid when the Dodgers had the aaa farm club. Excellent baseball and the Dodgers had so many prospects who never made it with the big league club. (Rocky Nelson ( in your spring issue) was one example with Montreal, right after the Rifle Man, Chuck Connors.)

Good Job, Rex

Don Follett

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