Cliff Heathcote

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Cliff Heathcote
Cliff Heathcote 1918.jpeg
Born: (1898-01-24)January 24, 1898
Glen Rock, Pennsylvania
Died: January 18, 1939(1939-01-18) (aged 40)
York, Pennsylvania
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
June 4, 1918, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
September 24, 1932, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
Batting average .275
Home runs 42
Runs batted in 448

Clifton Earl Heathcote (January 24, 1898 – January 18, 1939) was a center fielder in Major League Baseball who played for the St. Louis Cardinals (1918–1922), Chicago Cubs (1922–1930), Cincinnati Reds (1931–1932) and Philadelphia Phillies (1932). Heathcote batted and threw left-handed. He was born in Glen Rock, Pennsylvania.

In a 15-season career, Heathcote posted a .275 batting average with 42 home runs, 448 RBI, and 191 stolen bases in 1415 games played.

Heathcote died in York, Pennsylvania, at age 40 from a pulmonary embolism.

Between-games trade[edit]

Heathcote is remembered, along with Max Flack, for being half of a unique player swap. On May 30, 1922, the Cardinals were playing a Memorial Day doubleheader at Cubs Park. Between games, Heathcote was traded for Flack. Both men appeared in both games that day.

Best season[edit]


  • Hit for the cycle (July 13, 1918)
  • Set a modern National League record by reaching base seven times in a nine-inning game (August 25, 1922)
  • Appeared as the center fielder for the Chicago Cubs on August 25, 1922 when the Cubs and the Philadelphia Phillies played to a 26 to 23 Cubs win, setting the All-time record for most runs scored in a single major League game. He went 5-for-5 that day, while scoring five runs.

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