Matt Batts

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Photo courtesy Matt Batts

Going back into the archives for this one. Batts played 10 seasons for five different teams from 1947-1956. He spent his first four and a half seasons serving as a backup backstop in Boston. In 1953 he played 116 games for Detroit, which was the high-water mark for games played in his career.

Batts’ questionnaire is one of my favorites. A native of San Antonio, he notes this and points out that he played high school football against Austin High, which is actually a school I have covered during my days as a CenTex sports writer. These personal touches are what really make the correspondence special and as you can see, Batts does not disappoint.

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Batts sent a few autographed photos back as well as the card I had sent him. One of them is pictured at the top of this post. Here’s the second one.

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Photo courtesy Matt Batts

Batts spent a season with the St. Louis Browns and another with the Chicago White Sox. His final two years in the majors were with the Reds when he played just a handful of games in 1955-56. He spent one more season in the minor leagues (1957) before officially calling it quits.

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1952 Topps

Following his playing career, Batts relocated to Baton Rouge. He died at his home there in 2013.

Matt Batts – career stats

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