17 Dec

that’s fun to say

Selwyn Langaigne. Favorite name of all the ballplayers who’ve toiled for the Jackson area’s various pro teams over the last 27 years. Selwyn Langaigne. Could play a little, too. The speedy outfielder hit .305 with 8 home runs, 51 RBIs and 28 stolen bases for the 2004 Jackson Senators of the independent Central League. A .290 hitter over his lengthy pro career. Ran across his name while surfing the Web on Tuesday night. Langaigne was playing center field for the Cardenales de Lara in a Venezuelan Winter League game at Caracas, which happens to be his hometown. He went 1-for-4 with a double, raising his average to .231. Isn’t the Web wonderful for digging up stuff like that? Langaigne, now 32, got as high as Triple-A in affiliated ball, but he hasn’t played in that sphere of the game for several years. He spent the last three with the independent Alexandria Aces, where a lot of old Senators have wound up. It’s a toss-up as to whether Langaigne or Vince Faison (2005) was the best player to put on a Senators uniform during the team’s four-year run at Smith-Wills Stadium. But on name alone, Langaigne is the most unforgettable. Just say it one more time: Selwyn Langaigne.

Mike Christensen

Mike Christensen

A long-time sports fan and 30-year newspaper veteran muses on all things baseball in Mississippi. Contact: mwchristens@gmail.com
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