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    Ed Redys sent these photos and the following letter to BaseballLibrary.com on April 10, 2000:

    Was nice to hear from you. Am sending you a picture of myself and a picture of our little band we had in 1951. Am also sending you some autographed index cards which I always keep on hand because I still get a few letters a year for autograph cards. It's still good to know that after 49 years some people still remember the St Louis Browns.

    As for my career I started out in 1940. In 1942 while with San Antonio of the Texas League I busted my ankle and lost the whole season. After I got back on my feet I was drafted into the U.S. Army. I lost 4 1/2 years without touching a baseball all that time. In 1946 while I was in spring training I chipped my pitching elbow. I tried to throw too hard too soon. I pitched a couple more years of minor league ball; I had no chance for advancement to the big league, because my arm was gone. Mr. De Witt -- then owner of the club -- called me in to discuss my future. We both agreed that the way my arm was I could never pitch on a big league level. He offered me a job as batting practice pitcher and I accepted. After 2 seasons he called me in again and told me I was going to be coach in 1950 and 1951.

    Bill Veeck bought the ball club in 1951. That's when we made up the little band. He bought in Rogers Hornsby as manager and all the old coaches were let go as always happens. A new manager usually brings in his own coaches. I had a short career of four years in the majors -- however, I enjoyed very minute of it. It was a great experience for me and I met a lot of wonderful people during that time. In closing I want to thank you for writing and it's always good to hear from people like you. Hope you enjoy the picture.

    With Best Regards
    Ed Redys

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