World War II threw farmer’s career for curve


Len Santi, whose baseball career was interrupted by the draft, holds a baseball with signatures from the Clovis Pioneers of the now-defunct West Texas-New Mexico league. The ex-catcher said he was a line-drive hitter. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Len Santi had a chance to be a professional baseball player, but […]

One of Cannon’s first airmen now a 62-year Clovis resident


Clovis resident Len Santi was one of the first airmen to be stationed at Cannon Air Force Base in the 1940s. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Like many Clovis residents, Len Santi came to town with the Air Force. In fact, he was one of the first 150 […]

Meeting Hope: Readers share memories of Bob Hope

By Jack King By Jack King CNJ STAFF WRITER Like millions of other members of the Armed Forces, several Clovis residents remember seeing Bob Hope at different times in his almost 60-year career of entertaining troops. Longtime Clovis resident Len Santi said the comedian, who died on Sunday at age 100, came through the […]