Memories of Cleddie Harris
If you ever watched or played baseball in North Louisiana in the 1960s and ’70s you probably saw Cleddie Wallace Harris. For many years, he was in the Ruston High baseball dugout keeping their scorebook. I first met him when he kept the records for our American Legion team — the 1972 Louisiana state champion (had to get that in there) T.L. James Contractors.
Cleddie always kept his belt buckle closer to his right hip than his middle. He walked real slow, almost at a shuffling pace, always holding his clipboard, wearing a shirt with a pocket full of pencils and his team’s baseball cap.
Cleddie could get animated, real animated. Once during every game he would walk out of the dugout between innings, spell and shout out C-O-N-T-R-A-C-T-O-R-S to the fans.
Cleddie didn’t drive, so our star leftfielder Corbett Best picked him up and drove him to the ballpark. Somewhere along the line they developed the content of the Corbett and Cleddie Show.