Dewey Clayton

Lester Dewey Clayton, born in August 1, 1898 in AR1 , was a professional baseball player from 1924-1929. He was the twin brother of Schley Clayton.


Clayton was the son of Walker Clayton and Sarah Cope and grew up in Hardy, Sharp, AR. He may have been named after Admiral George Dewey who at the time of Clayton's was well-known for his heroics in the Spanish American War. Clayton enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War I in April, 1917 and served until he was honorably discharged in June, 19192 .

Dewey with Miami, 1929.
Dewey with Miami, 1929.
In the spring of 1922, Clayton played with the Coalinga Giants of the San Joaquin Valley League along side his twin brother Schley3 .

On April 17th, 1924, The Sporting News reported Clayton would captain the Paris, AR team, noting that he had previously been with the Springfield, MO Western League team4 .

In 1926, Clayton began playing with the Miami, AZ Miners of the outlaw Arizona State League5 . He continued to playing with Miami for the next four years, including in 1928 and 1929 when the Arizona State League operated as an affiliated minor league6 7 . As a player, Clayton was a heavy hitter8 , hitting .318 with 8 homeruns in 1929.

While in Arizona in 1929, Clayton married Lavora Miller. The two later lived in Bakersfield, CA before settling in Lake Arthur, LA. A son, Donald W. Clayton, became a successful oil engineer and executive.

Dewey Clayton died on October 15th, 1956 and was buried in Lakeview Cemetery in Lake Arthur, LA2 .


Statistics at Baseball-Reference.com.
1 1930 U.S. Census
2 Application for Clayton's Military Headstone
3 Bakersfield Californian, 4/3/1922
4 The Sporting News, 4/17/1924
5 Daily Arizona Silver Belt, 4/2/1926
6 Daily Arizona Silver Belt, 4/8/1927
7 Daily Arizona Silver Belt, 5/3/1928
8 Daily Arizona Silver Belt, April 7th, 1928