Clyde Milan

Jesse Clyde Milan (MILL-in;[1] March 25, 1887 – March 3, 1953) was an American professional baseball player who spent his entire career as an outfielder with the Washington Senators (1907–1922). He was not a powerful batter, but was adept at getting on base and was fleet of foot, receiving the nickname "Deerfoot" for his speed. He set a modern-rules record for stolen bases in a season with 88 in 1912, a mark surpassed three years later by Ty Cobb. Milan was mostly a center fielder.

Clyde Milan
Milan with the Washington Senators in 1913.
Outfielder / Manager
Born: (1887-03-25)March 25, 1887
Linden, Tennessee, U.S.
Died: March 3, 1953(1953-03-03) (aged 65)
Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Batted: Left
Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 19, 1907, for the Washington Senators
Last MLB appearance
September 22, 1922, for the Washington Senators
MLB statistics
Batting average.285
Home runs17
Runs batted in617
Stolen bases495
Managerial record69–85
Winning %.448
As player

As manager

Career highlights and awards
  • 2× AL stolen base leader (1912, 1913)

He was born in Linden, Tennessee and was listed as 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m) tall and 168 pounds (76 kg). Like Cobb, Milan batted left-handed and threw right-handed. In 16 seasons with Washington, he batted .285 with 17 home runs and 617 runs batted in over 1982 games. He accumulated 495 stolen bases (tied for 37th all-time with Willie Keeler) and 1004 runs scored. Milan had 2100 hits in 7359 career at bats. He ended with a .353 all-time on-base percentage. Defensively, he recorded a .953 fielding percentage at all three outfield positions.

As a player-manager (1922 only), with the Senators, he was 69–85, a .448 lifetime winning percentage, after which he managed minor league teams and spent 17 seasons (1928–29 and 1938 until his death) as a coach with Washington. His brother, Horace Milan, was briefly his teammate with the Senators.

Milan suffered a fatal heart attack in Orlando, Florida in 1953, during the Senators' 1953 spring training camp, where Milan had been serving as a coach.

See also


  1. Simon, Tom. "Clyde Milan". Society for American Baseball Research. Retrieved 22 August 2021.
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