Cliff Bolton

Cliff Bolton


Cliff Bolton

April 10, 1907
5' 9"
160 lbs
Major League Debut:
4-20-1931 with WS1

William Clifton Bolton (April 10, 1907 – April 21, 1979) was a catcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Washington Senators and Detroit Tigers. He was born in High Point, North Carolina.


Bolton started his professional baseball career in 1927 with High Point of the Piedmont League. The following season, he hit .403. He moved up to the class A Eastern League in 1929 and hit .356.[1]

In 1930, he hit .380 for the Chattanooga Lookouts of the Southern Association, and in 1931 he made his major league debut with the Washington Senators. Bolton spent the next few years with Washington. In 1933, he hit .410 coming off the bench; Washington won the American League pennant that season, and Bolton batted twice in the World Series. His only two years as a major league regular were 1935 and 1936.

By 1940, Bolton had returned to the minor leagues. He had another good season in 1941 with the South Atlantic League's Greenville Spinners and returned to the Senators at the end of the season. However, he went 0 for 11 at the plate and never played in the majors again.

Bolton had a few more big-hitting seasons in the North Carolina State League towards the end of the 1940s. He retired after the 1952 season.


  1. ^ "Cliff Bolton Minor League Statistics & History". Retrieved 2010-10-27.

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