Friday, September 11, 2009

Dodger Correspondence: Cleo James

Here is another edition of Dodger Correspondence from Cleo James. James was once a good prospect with great speed. During his last year in AAA for the Spokane Indians, a Dodger farm club at the time, he stole 46 stolen bases, batted .327 and had an impressive .400 OBP. Unfortunately, he only had a chance to play one season with the Dodgers, but did go on to play for the Cubs for 3 more season. In his letter he expresses thanks and gratitude for having the opportunity to play on the big stage.
As far as my career with the LA Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs, all that I can comment about my Major League experiences is that I thank God I fulfilled a dream that I began dreaming at age seven. My Major League playing time was cut short I believe because of a serious injury in 1968. I broke my ankle while in winter Baseball in Mesa, Arizona. I enjoyed playing in the Dodger organization and also with the Cubs.
Cleo also adds the following.
P.S. The best Major League Baseball player that I played against was the late Roberto Clemente.
He even writes Roberto's name in a unusual ornate style reminiscent of Clemente's actual autograph.
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