Born November 2, 1925 in Nashville, Tennessee; Clinton Hill “Butch” McCord played college football at Tennessee State University prior to beginning his Negro League baseball career with the Baltimore Elite Giants. He was one of the last players in the pipeline to the Elite Giants from Nashville, the team’s original location (moved to Baltimore in 1938). Teammates Jim Gilliam, Henry Kimbro, and Frank Russell were also from Nashville. The left handed batting first baseman played with the Elite Giants in 1948 – 1949, and the Chicago American Giants in 1950. When Negro League baseball declined, McCord played in the top minor league systems of several Major League teams from 1951 – 1961. During those years he had productive offensive seasons with teams in the International League, American Association, Sally League (Southern Atlantic League), and Texas League. His eleven season minor league career batting average is .306.
But “Butch” McCord never made it out of the minor leagues due to the slow process of integration by Major League teams in the 1950’s. Many teams had an unwritten policy of not having more than two African American players on the roster.