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Old 04-21-2015, 03:29 PM
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Awesome!!!!! Yes, Claxton played in Oregon 1914-16. For the Hubbard Giants in 1914, he integrated the Portland Inter City League in the late summer of 1915 for the Sellwood Dingbats. He began the 1916 season with the Gresham Giants but left the team in Mid-March (before the official season began).

By April 2, 1916 he was in Oakland as he was featured on the Tribunes' sports page, after another dominant pitching performance including a 23 strikeout game versus Waseda university of Japan.

I was going to post this in another thread, but might as well do it here. Season-by-season breakdowns of his batting average, win/loss record, and personal bests. Judge for yourself just how good he was:

Batting average:

1915 Sellwood Dingbats; 3/5
1919 Shasta Limiteds; 11/36
1920 Shasta Limiteds; 2/6
1923 Mukilteo Lighthouse Keepers; 18/52
1924 Tacoma Longshoreman; 18/79
1926-31 Roslyn Yippers; 103/257 (.667 average in 1929 36 for 54)
1933-35 Scott Motors of Reno; 49/146
1936-37 Verdi, Nevada; 15/45
1938 Reno Brewery; 1/4

595 at-bats, 209 hits, .351 batting average. 14 HR. On nearly every team he started the season hitting ninth, but finished the season hitting second to fifth in the batting order.

Pitching:

1915 Sellwood Dingbats; 0 wins, 2 losses
1916 Oakland Oak Leafs; 7 wins, 1 loss
1919 Shasta Limited; 6 wins, 3 losses
1920 Shasta Limiteds/Godfrey All-Stars; 1 win, 5 losses
1923 Mukilteo Lighthouse Keepers; 7 wins, 2 losses
1924 Tacoma Longshoremen; 10 wins, 4 losses
1925 Edmonds; 4 wins, 0 losses (possibly 25 wins according to '64 interview)
1926-31 Roslyn Yippers; 50 wins, 34 losses
1932 Cuban Stars; 0 wins, 2 losses
1933-35 Scott Motors of Reno; 23 wins, 6 losses
1936-37 Verdi, Nevada; 11 wins, 4 losses
1938 Reno Brewery; 3 wins, 2 losses
1939 Reno Mountain Eagles; 0 win, 2 losses
1940 Dixie Club; 3 wins, 1 loss
1941 Fife Tigers; 1 win, 0 loss
1942-46 Various Tacoma teams unknown record.

128 wins and 71 losses, with the exception of 1916, 1919-20, 1932, 1939-41 all in integrated company.

Most strikeouts single game: 23, Oakland Oak Leafs v. Waseda University April 2, 1916
Most strikeouts single game integrated team: 22, Yakima Indians v. Spokane All-Stars (13 innings) September 2, 1928
Most strikeouts consecutive games: 36, Roslyn Yippers v. Seattle Royal Giants and Issaquah July 17 & 24, 1929
Most consecutive hits in at-bats in Washington State Semi-pro history: 13, Roslyn Yippers v. Spokane, Yakima Westside Bears, and Seattle Royal Giants July 4-17

If anyone finds newspaper record of any Claxton game please feel free to contact me as I've been working on a book to be done this August for publication for the 100 year anniversary of his integration of baseball, May 28, 2016. Thank you in advance, Ty Phelan

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