Claudie Beard, born January 14th, 19001 near Arkadelphia, AR2 was a Negro baseball player with various teams from about 1921-1936.
Beard played with the Vapor City Tigers in 1921,4 the McGehee All-Stars in 1921,5 , the Memphis Red Sox in 1922,6 the Carroll Giants of Los Angeles, CA, in 1924,7 , perhaps the Tennessee Rats in 1928,8 the Fort Worth Panthers in 1931,9 and the Butte Colored Giants from 1934-1936. He was also signed to play with the Cleveland Elites in 1926, though it's not apparent that he actually played with the team.10 He was nicknamed "Rabbit."11
Beard died in July, 1967 in Clark County, AR12 and was buried in Helms Cemetery in Clark County.13
2 1900 U.S. Census. Beard is listed as 4 months old, living in or near Arkadelphia.
4 Chicago Defender, 1/22/1921
5 Monroe News Star, 6/14/1921
8 Mason City Globe-Gazette, 7/11/1928, p.15
9 San Antonio Light, 5/24/1931, p.2
13 Information from phone call with Beard's son Claudie Beard Jr. The elder Beard's wife, Daisy, is also buried in Helms Cemetery, per Daily Siftings Herald (Arkadelphia), 11/28/1997.