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I didn't do many of these, but I have 2 fun items.
1. Probably Barney Serrell, an African-American who played in the Negro Leagues and the Mexican League. Rickey didn't think much of him.
MAZATLAN VS CULIACAN at CULIACAN, MEXICO, ON DECEMBER 8TH AND 9TH, 1955.
Culiacan second baseman.
...Runs pretty good, hits pretty good, fields pretty good, but really no good...
2. This entry was pretty entertaining. It has been quoted online. No place given, and I can't find hide nor hair of him online. Tough name to research, but there actually is a Donald Regis Smith Jr. around today.
June 14, 1955
DONALD REGIS SMITH
18 years old. Dressed terribly. Looks like a
circus tumbler. Everything is tight except his shoes. They
are at least four sizes too big, and his shirt sleeve drops
clear down over his hand on every pitch...
...If he had another point, he would have graduated
with honors...I don’t know
how he looks in ‘civies’, but he would have made that point if he
ever got rid of those tights. I like this boy.
Wow, that's so Rickey! He was a cheeky one, wasn't he? Honestly, most of his reports make me laugh/cry a little. Just as one random example: https://crowd.loc.gov/campaigns/branch-rickey-changing-the-game/scouting-reports/mss37820010/mss37820010-6/
CARDENAL This boy was drafted by St. Louis from the Cincinnati
organization, I believe it was. I don't believe he has great
power at the plate. His arm seemed good enough, and his speed is
good enough. He showed me nothing tonight to get excited about.