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Monday, June 6, 2016
TTM Success - J. W. Porter
Thanks for your nice letter. I will try my best to answer your questions as best I can and throw in 2 extra cards as well.
I live 5 miles from the stadium where the Cards and Marlins share their training camp and until my legs went bad and couldn't work, I worked there. That was from 1998 until 2012. I'm still there 3 or 4 times a week as a fan since both sponsor class A teams. They and the Tigers are my favorite teams.
My favorite players are Miguel Cabrera and Giancarlo Stanton, probably because I saw them up close and personal on their way up and 6 weeks every spring training. My favorite pitcher is Jose Fernandez. I expect all 3 to make the Hall of Fame.
I grew up in Garland when I was in AAA ball, there was no TV of Major League games, so Coast Leagues were my favorites including 2 who shoes I shined as their club house boy and later roomed with with them in the Majors. They were Gene Bearden and Ferris Fain.
Hard to answer about which pitcher I would have wanted to catch the most as I did catch Satchel Paige, Jim Bunning, Billy Pierce, Lew Burdette and Warren Spahn. Cy Young at his best I guess would be high on the list! I caught Bob Gibson, too.
Thank you for the nice letter and God bless.
Porter (b. 1933) played in the majors from 1952 and 1955 to 1959 (missing 53 and 54 for military service) for the Browns, Tigers, Indians, Senators and Cardinals. He had 124 hits, 8 home runs and a .224 batting average.
He, along with Owen Friend and Bob Nieman, were traded by the Browns to the Tigers in 1952 for Virgil Trucks, Johnny Groth and Hal White.
I mailed to Mr. Porter on April 18 and got the cards back on May 9, for a 21-day TAT.