Leslie Aulds

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Leslie Aulds
Catcher
Born: (1920-12-28)December 28, 1920
Farmerville, Louisiana
Died: October 13, 1999(1999-10-13) (aged 78)
Hondo, Texas
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 25, 1947, for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
June 22, 1947, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics
Games played 3
At bats 4
Hits 1
Teams

Leycester Doyle "Leslie" Aulds (December 28, 1920 – October 13, 1999) also known as "Tex" Aulds,[1] was a backup catcher in Major League Baseball who played three games for the Boston Red Sox in 1947.

Early life[edit]

Aulds was born in Farmerville, Louisiana and raised in the Corpus Christi, Texas area where has was an Eagle Scout and excelled at sports in high school.[2] He was first signed by a scout from the Cincinnati Reds in 1941, and played 21 games for the Class C Tucson Cowboys in the Arizona-Texas League.[2]

Military service[edit]

Leslie Aulds
Place of burial Hondo, Texas
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army Air Forces
Years of service 1942–1945
Rank Sergeant
Battles/wars World War II

Aulds joined the United States Army Air Forces in September 1942 and was stationed at Randolph Field in Texas.[2] While there, he played both baseball and football, including an appearance in the 1944 Cotton Bowl Classic where he scored a touchdown.[3] In 1945, Aulds transferred to Camp Pinedale in Fresno, California where he continue to play baseball; he was released from military service late in 1945 at the rank of sergeant.[3]

Time with Red Sox organization[edit]

Aulds was signed by a Red Sox scout in 1946, and he played for the Scranton Red Sox of the Class A Eastern League.[3] He appeared in 105 games, batting .263 and was named a first team all-star.[2]

In 1947, Aulds started the seasons with the Louisville Colonels of the Class AAA American Association, however he sustained a spiking injury early in the season, after which he sat out for several weeks.[3] In May, the Red Sox released their third-string catcher, Frankie Hayes, and Aulds was promoted to the major league club.[2]

Aulds appeared in three games with the Red Sox, all as a catcher. The first was on May 25, when he entered a game the Red Sox were losing against the New York Yankees 10-0. He batted twice, collecting one hit off of Bill Bevens.[4] His second appearance was May 30, when he entered a game the Red Sox were losing 10-4 to the Washington Senators; he batted once but did not get a hit.[5] His final appearance was on June 22, when the Red Sox were losing 8-2 against the Cleveland Indians; again he batted once and was hitless.[6] In those three games he caught a total of 9 innings, recording 7 putouts.

For the remainder of the 1947 season, Aulds played 32 games with the New Orleans Pelicans of the Class AA Southern Association, with a .245 batting average. In 1948, Aulds again played for Louisville, batting .235 and appearing in 104 games. In 1949, his final year in the Red Sox organization, he split time between Louisville where he batted .185 in 9 games, and Scranton where he batted .250 in 48 games.

Later life[edit]

Aulds played semipro baseball in Texas during the 1950s, and for many years umpired in the collegiate Southwest Conference.[2] He died at his home in Hondo, Texas on October 13, 1999, while watching the television broadcast of the first game of the 1999 American League Championship Series.[1][2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Leslie Aulds". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved 8 Oct 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Nowlin, Bill. "Tex Aulds". SABR. Retrieved 8 Oct 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Bedingfield, Gary (13 Apr 2008). "Tex Aulds". Baseball in Wartime. Retrieved 8 Oct 2016. 
  4. ^ "New York Yankees 17, Boston Red Sox 2". Retrosheet. 25 May 1947. Retrieved 8 Oct 2016. 
  5. ^ "Washington Senators 13, Boston Red Sox 6 (1)". Retrosheet. 30 May 1947. Retrieved 8 Oct 2016. 
  6. ^ "Cleveland Indians 8, Boston Red Sox 2 (1)". Retrosheet. 22 Jun 1947. Retrieved 8 Oct 2016. 

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