2004 Hall of Fame Inductees BASEBALL
Gene Clough

Born February 5, 1925 in Tacoma, Gene Clough grew up playing baseball at Jefferson Park as did many boys in the 1930’s. A 1943 Stadium high graduate, Gene played baseball for the Tigers from 1941-1943, all under the guidance of coach John Heinrick. Gene and Tacoma Tigers legend Dick Greco were the mainstays of the pitching staff with Mickey Stray handling the catching duties. If Gene drew the starting assignment then Dick could be found roaming the garden in right field. If Dick was on the mound then Gene was in right. A right handed pitcher, Greco recalled that, “he had a good fastball and curve but could rally hit his spots. And, Gene was a pretty good hitter who had a lot of heart!”  Following the service, Gene’s pro career started in 1946 at Visalia of the California League where he compiled a 9-14 won-lost record on the mound while hitting .318 as an outfielder. Twenty-eight games into the 1947 season he was traded to his hometown Tacoma Tigers of the Western International League where he pitched in only 19 innings, being used mainly in the outfield. Limited to 58 games, Gene went 48 for 151 for a .318 batting average which included 11 doubles, six homeruns and 26 rbis. His next two years were spent in Bisbee-Douglas of the Arizona-Texas League where he enjoyed his greatest success in 1949. Playing in 146 games Gene hit .339. led the league with 365 total bases, hit a league-leading 37 homeruns and knocked in 142 rbis. From 1950-1952 his next stops included Fort Worth of the Texas League and Elmira of the Eastern League, before retiring after seven season of pro ball. He passed away in June of 1985 at age 60.