Pat Rigby

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Lester Lloyd Rigby

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 172 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Pat Rigby was an All-American infielder who spent four seasons in the minors.

Rigby played in the 1961 College World Series and was All-Southwest Conference at 3B; he had 43 hits in 24 games. In '62, he hit .371 and was All-Conference at 2B. More impressively, he was named the All-American 2B; he also was the All-Tournament 2B in the 1962 College World Series. He turned pro with the Chicago White Sox system. In 1962, he was 2 for 9 for the Savannah White Sox/Lynchburg White Sox and hit .249/.365/.324 in 59 games for the Visalia White Sox.

The next year, Pat played for the Clinton C-Sox (.211/.338/.285 in 43 G) and Portsmouth Tides (.246/.335/.330 in 62 G). With Clinton for all of '64, he improved to .254/.384/.345 with 98 walks, 88 runs and 6 triples. He stole 19 bases in 31 tries and led Midwest League second basemen in putouts (289), assists (292) and fielding percentage (.959). He was also second in the league in walks (a distant 28 behind Angel Bravo), tied for 9th in triples and 8th in runs. In his final pro season, he slumped to .225/.354/.251 for the Sarasota Sun Sox, still drawing 84 walks. In a pitchers' league, his batting average was above the league mean. He was 4th in the Florida State League in walks and led the league's second basemen in fielding percentage (.976).

Rigby was away from baseball from 1966-1988, working in private business. He then returned as a volunteer coach at Dallas Baptist University. The Texas Rangers hired him as a scout and he kept that position until his death.