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Truman Eugene Clevenger

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Before the 1953 season, Tex Clevenger was signed as an amateur free agent by the Boston Red Sox. In the minors that year, he went 16-2 for the San Jose Red Sox, which was good enough to earn him the 1953 California League MVP Award. He made his major league debut with the Red Sox in 1954, going 2-4, 4.79 in 23 games. He was traded to the Washington Senators after the 1955 season, which he spent back in the minor leagues.

On May 11, 1958, he was involved in a highly unusual play, getting both the assist and the putout in retiring New York Yankees batter Elston Howard. Clevenger was hit by a line drive and the ball bounced off his leg into foul territory near first base. He then ran to cover the bag to receive the toss from 1B Norm Zauchin. On August 5, 1959, Clevenger ended an 18-game Senators losing streak by shutting out the Cleveland Indians, 9-0, in the nightcap of a doubleheader.

He later owned Clevenger Ford, an automobile dealership in Porterville, CA where he resided.

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