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June 15, 1939 |
Hampton, South Carolina
|September 14, 1960, for the Cleveland Indians|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 26, 1971, for the Cincinnati Reds|
|Runs batted in||125|
Tyrone Alexander Cline (born June 15, 1939 in Hampton, South Carolina) is a former Major League baseball player, primarily a reserve outfielder and pinch-hitter for the Cleveland Indians (1960–62), Milwaukee Braves (1963–65), Chicago Cubs (1966), Atlanta Braves (1966–67), San Francisco Giants (1967–68), Montreal Expos (1969–70) and Cincinnati Reds (1970–71).
Cline played for Clemson University in the Atlantic Coast Conference for three seasons, leaving in 1960 after his junior year to sign a professional baseball contract with the Cleveland Indians. He attained All-American status during his college career, during which he played both the outfield and was a starting pitcher. An account of Cline's time as center fielder with the Indians is included in the book "Portrait of a Franchise: An Intimate Look at Cleveland Indians Baseball During the Rockin' Sixties."
He was instrumental in helping the Reds defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates to win the 1970 National League pennant, tripling and scoring the winning run in the 10th inning of the first game of the National League Championship Series, and scoring the game-winning and pennant-clinching run after an eighth-inning walk in game three.
In the 1970 World Series versus the Baltimore Orioles, Cline recorded one hit, a single, in three appearances; his lone safety coming against veteran reliever Moe Drabowsky in the seventh inning of Game 2 at Riverfront Stadium. He also set in motion the most controversial play of the Series as a pinch hitter for Woody Woodward with runners at first and third base, one out and the score tied at three in the sixth inning of Game 1. Cline reached safely on a Baltimore chop which was fielded by Orioles catcher Elrod Hendricks who then collided with home plate umpire Ken Burkhart and an oncoming Bernie Carbo. Burkhart ruled Carbo out even though Hendricks made the tag with his mitt while holding the ball in his other hand.
In 12 seasons Cline played in 892 games, had 1,834 at-bats, 251 runs, 437 hits, 53 doubles, 25 triples, 6 home runs, 125 RBI, 22 stolen bases, 153 walks, .238 batting average, .304 on-base percentage, .304 slugging percentage, 558 total bases, 27 sacrifice hits, 4 sacrifice flies and 5 intentional walks.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference