A GREAT view of the field at AT&T Park in Chattanooga during their pre-season open house!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Pete Cimino 1965-1968 Major Leaguer

Pete sent me a great letter recently.

He says that his favorite current player is Chipper Jones, and his favorite team is the Atlanta Braves.

"My favorite former player is Ted Williams, with Harmon Killebrew, who was a teammate, one of the best guys around."

I asked him about his playing days with the Atlanta Crackers and he said that he really doesn't remember a lot about his time with them. He does say, "we had one of the worst teams in the history of minor league baseball!"

"One of the good memories was Skip Caray, who was our radio broadcaster then." Skip was the voice of the Atlanta Braves for years and just recently passed away.

He does have a couple of Kentucky connections. When he was playing for a Senators farm team in Virginia at 17, he met a 17 year old girl from Kingsport, Tennessee. Pete Notes that that is not far from Lexington!

"We really liked each other but got separated for 30 years. Then, we found each other again, got married, and have lived happily for 18 years."

Pete seems to be a fan of Kentucky too. "My wife and I occasionally make trips to Lexington Kentucky to hunt for Kentucky Derby glasses." He says that he used to go to Claiborne Farms to see Secretariat and they have been to the Red Mile!

Pete says that, "one of my biggest thrills was my first Major League victory in 1966 against Kansas City when the Twins had 5 home runs in one inning to tie an American League record.

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