Friday, March 16, 2018

Lefty Clunn Comes To Delmar Again


Delmar Team Makes Reading Twirler Offer For Season

Delmar, Del. – June 23rd – The Management of the Delmar Baseball team sent a message to “Lefty” Clunn, of the Tri-State team, last night, making an offer of $30 per week and all expenses for three months.  Clunn has twirled for the locals for the past three seasons, and during his career here has lost but one game.  It is thought he will get his release from the Reading management and return here.

Above from the Morning News (Wilmington) June 24, 1914

Floyd Clunn (1886-1961) was from Millville, NJ.  He was widely known in the baseball world in the early 1900s.  As the above article says he had played for Delmar before.  He played football and baseball and in between he worked for the railroad.   He started playing pro ball in southern New Jersey and was picked up by the New York Yankees but was then sold to the Bridgeport (Ct) Mechanics team where he played from about 1910 to 1911 as “Chalky” Clunn.  After he left the New England league he played in the Tri-State League of Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey under the nickname “Lefty” Clunn.  He was a left handed pitcher and he played on just about every team in the Tri-State League.  In 1915 he went with the Western League and played part of a season for the Topeka (Kansas) Savages.   In July of 1915 he left the Topeka team to go back to Millville and marry Edith. They had  sons named Floyd, Jr., Howard and Charles  He liked to draw and work in his garden and after leaving baseball he ran a framing shop and garden center in Millville.

above from the Topeka State Journal April 30 1915

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