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Tyrone Alexander Cline
Born: June 15, 1939 in Hampton, S.C.
Debut: 1960 | Pos: OF
H: 6’0.5″ | W: 170 | B: L | T: L

12 892 1834 251 437 6 125 22 .238

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Before he began a professional baseball career, Ty Cline was making a name for himself as a member of the Clemson University.

In 1959, Clemson won the ACC championship and advanced to the College World Series. The Tigers lost the first game to Arizona, then beat Colorado State. In the third game, Cline pitched a three-hitter, but lost to Penn State thanks to several errors by the Tigers.

A year later, Cline was named All-American for the Tigers and was on his way to a career in the major leagues. That journey started in 1960 with 96 games for Mobile (9 HR in 379 at-bats) and by the end of the season, Cline found himself with the Indians.

He hit .290 with six home runs and 69 RBI for Salt Lake City of the Pacific Coast League in 1961.  For Salt Lake City of the PCL in 1961, Cline hit .290 with six home runs and 69 RBI. That season also included appearances in 12 more games for the Indians.

His major league career was a mix of defensive replacement in the outfield and pinch hitter. In 1,834 at-bats in the major leagues, Cline collected 437 hits with 6 home runs and 125 RBI.

In 1962, he collected 93 hits in 375 at-bats for the Indians, hitting 2 home runs and driving in 28 runs. In March 1963, the Indians sent him to the Milwaukee Braves to complete a deal that sent Joe Adcock and Jack Curtis to the Indians and Don Dillard and Frank Funk to the Braves.

He changed teams again in 1965 when he became a Rule 5 pick by the Chicago Cubs. In July 1966, the Cubs sold his contract back to the Braves.

In May 1967, the Braves sold his contract to the Giants. He changed teams again in 1968 when he was selected by the Montreal Expos in the expansion draft. On July 17, 1969, Cline had one of the best games of his career when he went 4-for-4 in Montreal’s 5-4 win over Pittsburgh.

He became part of a World Series team in 1970 when the Expos traded him to the Reds for Clyde Mashore. In the 1970 NLCS, he hit a triple in his only at-bat, but he scored the winning runs in both the first and third games of the NLCS. In the World Series, he collected a hit in 3 at-bats.

On July 16, 1970, Cline became a part of Pirates history when, as a player for the Reds, he became the first player to step up to bat at Three Rivers Stadium.

His career would end with the Reds when he was released in January 1972.

He took part in an interesting experiment in Spring Training in 1969 when he hit ninth as the Expos DPH. By the time spring training ended, the idea was dropped.

Sources: Historic Baseball, Baseball Library, The State