Clifford Walker “Cliff” Lee

Clifford Walker “Cliff” Lee

Birth
Lexington, Dawson County, Nebraska, USA
Death 25 Aug 1988 (aged 92)
Denver, Denver County, Colorado, USA
Burial Wheat Ridge, Jefferson County, Colorado, USA
Plot Block 68, Lot 398, Space B-3.
Memorial ID 13789940 · View Source
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Major League Baseball Player. The outfielder who also played some first base and caught was a .300 hitter during eight seasons in the big leagues, but he's best remembered for being victimized twice in triple plays as a baserunner. He played for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1919 to 1920), the Philadelphia Phillies (1921 to 1924), the Cincinnati Reds (1924) and the Cleveland Indians (1925 to 1926). He never was quite a regular, even though he hit .308 in 88 games in 1921, .321 in 107 games in 1923 and .322 in 77 games in 1925. The right-handed hitter's best season was 1922, when he batted .322 in 122 games with 29 doubles and 17 homers, all at the cozy Baker Bowl, and 77 runs batted in. On September 3, 1922, with runners on first and second base in the second inning, the Phillies' Jimmy Smith popped up and the infield-fly rule was called for the first out. But New York Giants second baseman Frankie Frisch failed to catch the ball. Right fielder Ross Youngs tracked the ball down, and his throw caught Lee trying to go to third for the second out. Third baseman Heinie Groh's relay nailed Sam Leslie at second base for the third out. The following year, on October 6, Boston rookie shortstop Ernie Padgett, playing in only his second game, pulled an unassisted triple play when the Phillies' Walter Holke lined out to him. Cotton Tierney was doubled up at second, and Lee was retired between first and second. His other career totals were 38 homers and 216 RBIs.

Bio by: Ron Coons


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  • Originally Created by: Ron Coons
  • Added: 30 Mar 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 13789940
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Clifford Walker “Cliff” Lee (4 Aug 1896–25 Aug 1988), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13789940, citing Crown Hill Cemetery, Wheat Ridge, Jefferson County, Colorado, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .