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 History Players Teams Obituaries Site search Contact UsSponsor a page on Historic Baseball! Click here for detailsClyde SukeforthClyde Leroy SukeforthNickname: SukeyBorn: Nov. 30, 1901 in Washington,Maine Died: Sept. 3, 2000 in Washington, MaineDebut: 1926 | Pos:CHt: 5-10 | Wt: 155 | B:L | T: RYrsGABHHRRBISBBA10486123732629612.264>> Visit theClyde Sukeforth biography on Baseball Almanac for complete statistics.Clyde Sukeforth, a formerplayer and scout who was part of integrating baseball with Jackie Robinson,died on Sept. 3, 2000, at the age of 98.He was a catcher in the MajorLeagues, hiting .264 with 2 HRs and 96 RBIs.  Following his playingcareer, he was a scout and coach with the Dodgers. His biggest contributionto baseball history came in working with Branch Rickey to scout JackieRobinson as he played for the Kansas City Monarchs in 1945.  Robinsondid not play in that game, but Sukeforth set up a meeting between Robinsonand Rickey.  Two years later, Robinson integrated baseball with theBrooklyn Dodgers.On April 15, 1947, Sukeforthwas acting manager for the Dodgers on the day Robinson debuted.  Sukeforthwas filling in for Leo Durocher. Brooklyn defeated Boston, 5-3.He debuted as a player in 1926 with the Reds and he hit .354 for the Reds in 1929.  Two years later, he injured his eye in a hunting accident and it bothered his hitting for the rest of his career.From 1936 to 1951, Sukeforthwas a scout for the Dodgers. He later worked as a scout for Pittsburghand Atlanta.  He signed Don Newcombe and Roberto Clemente, among others.He attended Georgetown University. Source: Associated Press