National Softball Hall of Fame Member
Year Inducted: 2001
Hometown: Mechanicsville, VA
Category: Men's Slow Pitch
BioThroughout his career, outfielder Don Clatterbough was a model of consistency and played slow pitch without a lot of fanfare.He played baseball growing up and after a couple of seasons of semi-pro baseball, was asked by a friend to play slow pitch softball. He liked it so much that he continued to play and had a career that spanned three decades.
Considered a tough out, Clatterbough was named an ASA first-team All-America five times, second team in 1988 and third team in 1989. In 1985, he helped Blanton's of Fayetteville, NC win the ASA Major Slow Pitch National title followed by a runner-up finish the following year.
In at least nine ASA nationals Clatterbough batted between .419 and .800. In 1987, he led the Men's Major National in RBIs with 38 and shared the home run trophy with 15 to go along with his .769 batting average. In 1988, he batted .684 in the national tourney followed by a .667 average in the 1989 Super National and a .476 average in the 1989 Major National.
Clatterbough played for some of the nation's top teams including Starpath/Kirk's Glass, Steele's Sports, Blanton's and Dave Carroll Sports. He estimated he hit between 3,500 and 4,000 home runs and had a lifetime batting average between .675 and .725. He calls his election to the Hall of Fame "a very gratifying award.My whole life has been dedicated to being as good a softball player as I could be."
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