Moose Clabaugh

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John William Clabaugh

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"Portland had an outfielder named Moose Clabaugh, and Ted (Williams) would oooh and ahhh and say he wished he had muscles so he could hit a ball like Clabaugh." - from the book Hitter: The Life and Turmoils of Ted Williams

Moose Clabaugh was up only briefly in the major leagues, with the Brooklyn Robins in 1926, but was a long-time slugger and batting champion in the minors.

Clabaugh earned his sole major league call-up following a 62 home run season in 1926 for the Tyler Trojans of the East Texas League - a low minor league at the time. Although he did not stick in the majors, Clabaugh ended his career with five minor league batting titles, 340 home runs and a .339 batting average. Clabaugh's major drawbacks were an extremely weak throwing arm, horrific base running skills and an inability to hit curveballs. He was, however, known throughout the minor leagues for his terrific barnyard animal impressions.

He served in the Navy during World War I.

  • The Many Leaderboard Appearances of Moose Clabaugh
  • Home Run Crowns
1926 East Texas League: 62 home runs, Tyler Trojans
1930 Three-I League: 30 home runs, Quincy Indians
1931 Southern Association: 23 home runs, Nashville Volunteers
  • Batting Crowns
1926 East Texas League: .376, Tyler Trojans
1927 Piedmont League .363, High Point Pointers
1928 Southeastern League: .366, Jacksonville Tars
1931 Southern Association: .378, Nashville Volunteers
1932 Southern Association: .382, Nashville Volunteers
  • Miscellaneous
1926 East Texas League: 106 runs scored, Tyler Trojans
1927 Piedmont League: 187 hits, High Point Pointers
1930 Three-I League: 154 RBI, Quincy Indians
1935 Pacific Coast League: 56 doubles, Portland Beavers

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