To know Clyde Sukeforth is to know and understand one of the truly great analytical minds of major league baseball. A native of Washington, Maine, educated at Coburn Classical Institute in Waterville, and for two years at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, his major league career began with the Cincinnati Reds in 1926. Five years later he became the "right arm" of the fabulous mastermind of baseball, the late Branch Rickey. Although he was unaware, at the time, as to the precise reasons why he was delegated by Mr. Rickey to so thoroughly scout the many fine negro players of the late thirties, it was this soft spoken, analytical mind from Washington, Maine, who procured the famous Jackie Robinson. And to make certain that this to be great player could live up to the high personal standards, both on and off the field, as imposed by the astute Branch Rickey, Jackie Robinson was assigned to the Brooklyn Farm Club on the International League at Montreal under the management of Clyde Sukeforth. Probably no single factor has changed our great National game as much as that Robinson-Sukeforth training. Clyde Sukeforth, now of Waldoboro, Maine, wears his three quarters of a century with the same dignity and youthfulness of purpose, as "way back when," because he's still scouting for the outstanding baseball player for major league baseball, except during the hunting season.
Maine Sports Hall of Fame
P.O. Box 2
Cumberland, ME 04021
Phone (207) 807-7666
The Maine Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1972 for the purpose of: 1) appointing and bestowing recognition awards and scholarships to outstanding Maine high school scholar-athletes; and, 2) to formally honor and memorialize Maine athletes and sports figures who have brought distinction and honor to the state of Maine.