Clinton 'Butch' McCord  

November 2, 1925 - January 27, 2011

Butch McCord was a great player, husband, father, teammate, and friend. The news of his passing today brings all of those thoughts to mind, and in the context of baseball brings to an end a unique perspective of it.

He loved to tell his baseball stories and to relate what he experienced and how The Game impacted his life, expressing the pains and joys of baseball but then moving away from the bitterness it brought to him.

Sometimes it was hard to hear the truth, and Butch spoke the truth. It must have been difficult to tell. He had been bitter. It had been hard to deal with. Sleepless nights, sometimes with fits of anger, too often permeated the peace he found on the ball field.

What made him a great man was how he reacted. Baseball changed him.

He no longer expressed any resentment, saying "That's just the way it was". Later in life it was more important to let children learn from his understanding. Butch once wrote to a fan: 

"The best advice I ever received was what ever profession you had in mind, you would have to work hard and that there would be sacrifices that you would have to make.

We are talking about before integration took place. I always wanted to be a baseball player. My goal was to play in the Negro Major League. I had no idea that Jackie Robinson would come along. 

My role model as a player was Lou Gehrig (clean living and a family man) so I was determined to be a first baseman. My favorite ball player was Willie Mays and my hero was Jackie Robinson.

So from 1947 to 1961 I had to put those principles from these three players in action. Through trials and tribulations and some hard luck, I made it from Negro League to AAA ball in integrated ball. I am now 70 years of age retired, and been married for 45 years."

That says alot about the man. We were fortunate to know Butch while he was with us and much was learned from him. Now there is no doubt that Lou and Jackie are learning about this great man too.

- Skip Nipper, January 27, 2011

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