Leigh McClendon

Image Leigh Alexander McClendon, born January 2nd, 1886 in Lewisville, AR1 , was a professional baseball player from 1909-1912. He was the father of Harlan McClendon2 .


McClendon played for Newport in 1909, Jonesboro in 1910 and Texarkana in 19123 .

McClendon's son Charles Youmans McClendon became a successful football coach and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

McClendon died December 6th, 1925 and was buried in Wilson Cemetery in Lewisville, AR.4


"Gentle Leigh McLendon, the hero of Lewisville and the [illegible] versatile star was there again with three safe singles [for Jonesboro]."5

"Red McLendon ruined a great professional base ball future when he quit the [Jonesboro] Zebras to play independent ball at Marshall, Texas. He was leading batsman and atcher, also a grand utility man. Jack Russell went with him and both have been ordered suspended by Jonesboro."6

"Reddie is back and the fans are happy. The Lewisville boy is a tower of strength to the team in every department and will help the Zebras climb to the top of the heap where they belong. All together now, “Glad you're back.” Red’s familiar face will be seen with pleasure by the Jonesboro fans in the game this afternoon between the Zebras and the Scouts"7


1909 Newport
Stats at Baseball-Reference.com.

1912 Texarkana


1 McClendon's WWII Draft Card
2 The Sporting News, 3/1/1934
3 Dallas Morning News, 8/18/1912
5 Jonesboro, 6/8/1910
6 The Sporting News, 6/30/1910
7 Jonesboro Evening Sun, 7/27/1910