Clint Conatser

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California native Clint Conatser was a Boston Braves outfielder for two seasons. He spent four years (1942-1945) in the United States military with the Coast Guard during World War II.

Clint spent from 1939 to 1941 in the minors with six different teams in six different leagues between Class D and Class B. He had his best numbers in 1940 when he hit .292 with 14 home runs split with the Fargo-Moorhead Twins of the Class D Northern League and the Flint Gems of the Class C Michigan State League. Back from the service in 1946, he spent the season with the Dallas Rebels of the AA Texas League and hit .280 with 13 home runs in 464 at bats. Heating up, Clint hit .287 with 14 homers and 52 RBI in another split season in 1947 with the Buffalo Bisons of the International League and the Seattle Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League.

The Boston Braves drafted Clint from the Detroit Tigers system on November 10, 1947 in the 1947 Rule V Draft. He made the Braves in 1948, sticking with the team for the entire season. He appeared in 90 games, batting .277 and fielding .978 in the outfield. Boston won the National League pennant with a 91-62 record, but were beaten in the World Series by the Cleveland Indians in six games. Clint appeared twice, going 0-for-4 with an RBI while narrowly missing a grand slam pinch hitting for Johnny Sain in Game 6. Clint was back in 1949 hanging around until July 14 while hitting .263 in 53 games. He finished the season with the Milwaukee Brewers of the American Association, appearing in 49 games and hitting .276 with 25 RBI.

His big league career over, Clint hung around for three more years in Triple A. He finished his big league career batting .271 with 39 RBI in 143 games. He finished his minor league career with the Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League in 1952, appearing in 81 games and hitting .267. In 847 minor league games, he hit .267 (740-for-2,773). Conatser then settled back in California, near Anaheim, where he often attended fishing derbies and golf tournaments with other former major leaguers. He ran an air conditioning business which did well, allowing him to indulge in his pastime of buying and breeding race horses, often partnering with Joe Adcock, who bred mares back in Louisiana. He would sometimes return to Boston for Braves reunions and was one of the last players still alive form the 1948 National League pennant winners, passing away at 98 in 2019.

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