Harlan McClendon

Harlan McClendon born March 8th, 19111 in Lewisville, AR, was a professional baseball player in 1934. He was the son of Leigh McClendon.


Harlan was an accomplished piano player and teacher.2

Harlan's brother Charles Youmans McClendon was a long-time football coach at LSU and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

McClendon died on July 2nd, 1970 and was buried in Wilson Cemetery, Lewisville, AR.3


"Harlan McClendon, a youthful sand-lotter of Lewisville, Ark., will try out with the New York Giants this springs. He is a son of Leigh McClendon, who played for many years in the Southern League."4

"Lewisville, Ark. - The wide popularity Harlan McClendon is gaining as a pitcher for Rock Island in the Western league is revealed in the following clipping for the Rock Island, Ill. Daily News: "The pitcher who is far ahead of the field, as far as condition is concerned in Harlan McClendon of Lewisville, Ark., who was sent here by the Nashville club after being farmed out by the New York Giants. McClendon was signed by the Giants on recommendations of Travis Jackson, star shortstop. McClendon is starting his first season in professional baseball, although he hurled in a state semi-pro tournament in Oklahoma last year. "'There are some real ball players in those tournaments,' McClendon said. 'A dozen young fellows went to the major leagues last season. McClendon let loose a couple of times while tossing to the batters, and his fastball zipped along at such a [?] that Manager Parker had to warn him to take it easy. The batsmen were complaining he was throwing too hard. "In the brief time he pitched, McClendon revealed a curve with his fast one, a development which caused Manager Parker to feel pretty good about the youngster. Dick Manchester of Moline, formerly a backstop with the Islanders, working out with the boys and Dick was forced to remark that McClendon looks like he has what it takes."5

"There ought not be many dull moments for Nashville players during their leisure hours next season, for in Harlan McClendon, one of the Vol pitchers, the team has an accomplished piano player. . . . He teaches piano in Lewiston [sic], Ark., and vicinity during the winter."6


Statistics at Baseball-Reference.com.
1 Social Security Death Index
2 The Sporting News, 1/17/1935
4 The Sporting News, 3/1/1934
5 Hope Star, 5/9/1934
6 The Sporting News, 1/17/1935