[this is the sixtysixth installment in the double dippers posts. here are the previous posts - brett butler, omar daal, eric young, nick willhite, chris gwynn, mickey hatcher, dave anderson, don zimmer, rafael landestoy, dave hansen, jose vizcaino, hideo nomo, greg maddux, mike maddux, jon garland, chan ho park, vicente romo, gene mauch, denny lewallyn, von joshua, joe moeller, dioner navarro, rudy seanez, bart shirley, randy wolf, ismael valdes, bobby castillo, mike devereaux, pete richert, jay johnstone, jesse orosco, lee lacy, giovanni carrara, jeff weaver, ted sizemore, orel hershiser, tom goodwin, joe ferguson, eddie murray, matt luke, ken mcmullen, tim wallach, jerry grote, don sutton, ralph branca, todd hundley, elmer dessens, guillermo mota, joe beckwith, jamie hoffmann, babe herman, joe medwick, juan castro, ron perranoski, clyde king, paul waner, hughie jennings, ron negray, broadway aleck smith, george smith, johnny cooney, jim fairey, frenchy bordagaray, doc casey, waite hoyt, and luis olmo.]
clyde sukeforth first joined the dodgers in 1932 following a trade with the reds. he served as a backup catcher for three seasons, hitting .184 in a total of 106 games. here's his 1990 target dodgers card
now, i don't count dodger players who leave the organization, play somewhere else, and then return to the dodgers as a coach as double dippers. if i did, then tommy lasorda, rick honeycutt, ken howell, reggie smith, claude osteen, charlie hough, and, of course, davey lopes (among many others) would all qualify. no, sukeforth earned his double dipper status by returning to the field of play in 1945.
at the age of 43, and with the major league rosters thinned due to world war ii, sukeforth returned as a player almost 11 years after his last big league appearance. in 18 games, he hit .294 and even caught 10 complete games. he retired from playing for good, and continued in his role as a dodger coach and scout.
in 1947, a couple years after helping to broker a meeting between branch rickey and jackie robinson, sukeforth had the honor of being the dodgers' manager on opening day, filling in for the suspended leo durocher until burt shotton, the 'permanent' interim manager, arrived a few days later.
sukeforth would eventually leave the dodgers again, following branch rickey to pittsburgh where he recommended that the pirates select roberto clemente from the dodgers in the 1954 rule v draft.
a couple of giant memorial patches
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