Tonight’s Interview: Ron Brand

When you work and broadcast in a historic field like I do, you never know who might walk through the door to take a look at the place.  We routinely get visits from fans, journalists, historians and travelers looking to experience our 75-year-old park, mostly unchanged since its 1937 construction as part of the Works Progress Administration.  Most are folks who have never been inside the park once called Riverview Stadium, but sometimes we’ll get a visitor that has history with the old place.

That latter instance happened just the other day.  As I was getting game notes together for that evening’s game against Peoria, I looked up to to meet Ron Brand, one of the 230 players having passed through Clinton on their way to the big leagues.  Brand broke in to professional ball with the Clinton Pirates in 1958, a team that also featured future Pirates outfielder Larry Elliot and pitchers Tom Butters and Al McBean.  After a 1963 debut with the Pirates, Brand went on to the Houston Astros via Rule 5 draft in 1964 and the Montreal Expos in the 1968 Expansion Draft.  Ulitmately converting to catcher, he played in 568 games across eight seasons, hitting .239 with three HR and 106 RBI.

Brand, now a veteran of nearly two decades as a scout with the New York Yankees, joined me for an impromptu interview.  He shares  his memories of Riverview Stadium, the ’58 Clinton Pirates, his Major League career and more.

Listen Here:  Ron Brand Interview (1958 Clinton Pirate) 8.1.11  

As for your current Clinton LumberKings, they open an eight-game road trip with the first stop in Wisconsin tonight.  Right-hander George Mieses (4-10, 5.02) faces off against right-hander Jimmy Nelson (5-7, 4.30) in a rematch of their July 28th battle, an 8-5 Kings’ victory.

Tonight’s Game Notes:  8.2.11 kingsnotes

First pitch between the Kings and Rattlers is scheduled for 7:05 PM, listen online at 1390kcln.com.

-DL

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