Harlond Clift

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Harlond Clift
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Third baseman
Born: (1912-08-12)August 12, 1912
El Reno, Oklahoma
Died: April 27, 1992(1992-04-27) (aged 79)
Yakima, Washington
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 17, 1934, for the St. Louis Browns
Last MLB appearance
September 20, 1945, for the Washington Senators
MLB statistics
Batting average .272
Home runs 178
Runs batted in 829
Career highlights and awards

Harlond Benton "Darkie" Clift (August 12, 1912 – April 27, 1992) was a former American professional baseball third baseman who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the St. Louis Browns (1934–1943) and the Washington Senators (1943–1945). He was an All-Star for the American League in 1937. Born in El Reno, Oklahoma.


In 12 seasons, he played in 1,582 games, had 5,730 at bats, 1,070 runs, 1,558 hits, 309 doubles, 62 triples, 178 home runs, 829 RBI, 69 stolen bases, 1,070 walks, 2,525 total bases, 53 sacrifice hits, a .272 batting average, .390 on-base percentage, and .441 slugging percentage.

Clift was one of the first power-hitting third basemen, posting his offensive numbers at a time when players at that position were more valued for their fielding. However, Clift was also regarded as a superb fielder. In the 1937 season, he set single-season records of 50 double plays and 405 assists that stood until 1971.

Clift was traded to the Washington Senators in 1943.

A serious case of the mumps and a horse-riding injury hampered Clift's play late in his career.[1]

Clift died in Yakima, Washington, at the age of 79.[2]

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