Clyde Martin


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Born: Oct. 19, 1914
Place: Dexter, Missouri
Died: Nov. 18, 1987
Place: Dexter, Missouri

Height: 6'-0"
Weight: 170

Second Base
Third Base

Kitty League Teams:
Portageville Pirates
Jackson Generals

Kitty League All-Star Team 1935


This page is sponsored by the Martin families

In Loving Memory of
Russell John Martin and 
Clyde Woodrow Martin


Clyde Martin began playing organized amateur ball as early as 1932. Three years later, he traveled from his home in Dexter, Missouri to nearby Portageville and tried out for professional ball with the new Kitty League club there.

Clyde batted .264 with 13 doubles, 5 triples, and 4 home runs in 78 games with the Portageville Pirates that season. He was also named to the postseason All-Star Team at second base.

In mid-July 1936, the Pirates traded him to the Jackson Generals. He made an immediate impact, going 4-for-5 in his debut against his former team with two doubles, a home run, three runs scored, and two runs batted in! He batted .291 for both teams with 14 doubles and 40 runs batted in.

Martin was hit especially hard with an injury jinx that plagued the 1937 Generals team. He split a finger on his right hand attempting to field a hard-hit ball, then broke the same hand a few days later when it was struck by a batted ball. He returned to the lineup two weeks later.

Four games into his return, he was struck by a fly ball on his split finger, resulting in a compound fracture that required six stitches. This injury kept him on the injured list until mid-August. Before being injured, he had played in 216 consecutive games.

Clyde returned to Jackson on July 29, 1939 and brought along his older brother Russell Martin. At the time, the Generals were in first place, one game ahead of the Owensboro Oilers in the Kitty League pennant chase. Despite hitting .329 in the last 40 games, he couldn't keep the team from collapsing down the stretch and dropping into fourth place at season's end.

After his professional career ended, Clyde continued to play ball in and around his hometown of Dexter, Missouri. His most memorable game was in 1948 when the Holcomb Cardinals faced a major league all-star team in Sikeston, Missouri. He got four hits off pitcher Robin Roberts, who had just begun his 19-year Hall of Fame career that season.

Clyde Martin was inducted into the Southeast Missouri Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame along with former Kitty League pitcher Gene Nichols on October 21, 1978.





Kitty League Batting Statistics

1935 Portageville .263 82 323 56 85 11 7 3 28 6
1936 Port-Jackson .295 115 444 79 131 17 7 1 47 16
1937 Jackson .305 69 269 46 82 13 5 0 32 5
1938 Jackson
1939 Jackson .329 40 149 18 49 6 0 0 18 1
Total 4 seasons

Note: Martin played in less than 10 games in 1938 (no statistics)



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