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Baseball's Greatest Sacrifice

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Clint Conatser

Date and Place of Birth: July 24, 1921 Los Angeles, CA

Died: August 23, 2019 Laguna Hills, CA

Baseball Experience: Major League

Military Unit: Coast Guard

Area Served: Pacific Theater


Clint Conatser was playing baseball at John C. Fremont High School, when he quit to sign with the Cleveland Indians organization.


He played three seasons in the minors before entering service with the Coast Guard in 1942, and served aboard the Navy transport ship USS Arthur Middleton. He remained in service until 1945, and, for a time, was stationed in the Philippines. Conatser was released by the Indians upon his return from service and he signed with the Tigers in 1946.


Drafted by the Boston Braves in November 1947, he made his big league debut in April 1948, and played 90 games that year, batting .277, and appearing in two games of the World Series against the Indians. The following year, he played 53 games with the Braves, then continued to play in the minor leagues until 1952.


After baseball, Conatser ran an air conditioning business, fished and golfed, and bred race horses. Clint Conatser passed away on August 23, 2019.

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