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April 21, 2018

Clifford Earl

Nickname: Cliff

Birth: May 20, 1922

Deceased: December 2, 1989

Inducted as: Builder

Inducted for: Baseball

Inducted in: 1998


Cliff's lifelong association with sports was as an athlete, coach, executive, and supporter.

His playing career, as a centre fielder, was highlighted by four consecutive championship seasons with the Canadian Locomotive Company of the Kingston Baseball Association (KBA) from 1942-1945. From 1946-1949 he played for both the Giants and Athletics, also in the KBA.

In the early 1940s Cliff coached KBA's junior champion Frigidaires team. Continuing his success as a coach, Cliff took the Red Sox team of the Lions Little League, to the championship each year from 1953 to 1956. From 1963 to 1966 Cliffs team, the Bad Boy Mustangs, were KBA champions.

After the KBA folded, Cliff, along with Bob Elliott, assembled a team to enter the Eastern Ontario Baseball Association as the Lakeview Indians. Cliff coached the team from 1963 to 1969; it captured the senior title in 1967.

He managed the Kingston Aces of the Ontario Hockey Association Senior A series from 1968 until the team ceased operation in 1973. The team made the playoffs every year from 1968 to 1972.

For 20 years, Cliff was a carpenter at Alcan.