Lafayette Drillers Flashback: Scott Wolfe
The Lafayette Drillers, a Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, called Lafayette, Louisiana their home for two years, from 1975-1976.
The Drillers, who played their home games at Clark Field, were co-champions of the Texas League in 1975 with the Midland Cubs, finishing 72-57, before going 58-76 in 1976, the last year of affiliated professional baseball in Lafayette.
A number of outstanding players, who eventually made it into Major League Baseball ranks played at Clark Field in 1975 & 1976, including five former Lafayette Driller players.
All summer long, we’re taking a look back at some of the former players for the Drillers.
Today, Scott Wolfe.
Wolfe was a light-hitting, sure-fielding shortstop for the Drillers for all of the 1975 season, and most of the 1976 campaign.
A native of Columbus, Nebraska, Wolfe was drafted by the San Francisco Giants twice. The first time the Giants took him was in 1969, in the seventh round, when Wolfe was playing college baseball at the College of Sequoias, in Visalia, California, and then again in 1971, in the fifth round, when he was at California St. University-Fresno, which is now Fresno St.
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Wolfe began the 1972 season at the AA level, but stayed there, right up until the Drillers came to Lafayette in 1975.
Wolfe was solid up the middle during the Drillers’ championship run in 1975, while hitting a .224, along with 87 hits, three home runs, 35 runs scored, 13 doubles, two triples, 35 runs batted in, and five stolen bases.
The right-handed hitting Wolfe appeared in another 35 in Lafayette in 1976, hitting a .250, to go along with one homer, 12 RBI’s, 29 hits, 12 runs scored, five doubles, and one triple.
The Drillers left Lafayette following the 1976 season, and Wolfe left professional baseball, after 33 games with AAA Phoenix in 1976.