Clyde Milan - 1915/16 M101-4 Sporting News

Jesse “Clyde” Milan (1887-1953) was an extremely quick centerfielder, nicknamed “Deerfoot” for his speed, who frequently battled for the top spot in stolen bases, finishing in the top ten nine times in his 16-year career. Clyde was spotted and recruited on the same scouting trip that yielded Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson. Beginning in 1907, Milan played his entire career with the Washington Senators (1907-1922) and frequently battled for the top spot in stolen bases in the American League. In 1912, Clyde set a modern rules record with 88 stolen bases, topping Ty Cobb’s mark of 83 set the previous year. Milan led the Al in stolen bases once again in 1913 with 76, but then had his record snatched away when the Georgia Peach stole 96 in a single season. Clyde was considered one of the best centerfielders of his era with exceptional range and a great baseball mind coupled with his blazing speed. Legendary Hall of Fame manager Clark Griffith called him the best centerfielder the Senators ever had. Clyde Milan finished his playing career with 2,100 hits including 105 triples, 1,004 runs, 495 stolen bases, 617 RBI and a .285 career batting average over 16 years. He also added a .953 fielding percentage with 294 outfield assists and 62 double plays (though these numbers are incomplete to some degree). When Clyde retired from playing, he served as a minor league manager in the Southern Association with the Memphis Chickasaws, the Birmingham Barons and the Chattanooga Lookouts, among others, for 14 years. He returned to the Senators where he coached until his death at spring training in 1953. He suffered a fatal heart attack while hitting fungos to infielders in 80–plus degree heat.



Condition Census (Explain)

  • Clyde Milan
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Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 NM-MT 8
2 NM 7
3 EX 5
3 EX 5
3 EX 5
4 VG 3
4 VG 3