The Obit For Dean Stafford

Former Corpus Christi Clippers baseball star Stafford passes

Corpus Christi Caller Times
November 16, 2010

CORPUS CHRISTI — Dean Stafford, one of the Corpus Christi Clippers baseball team’s best players in the 1950s, passed away Monday at the age of 88.

Stafford played for the Clippers in 1954 and 1955 and was known as one of the minor league’s most dangerous sluggers.

The left-fielder won the Big State League’s triple crown in 1954, hitting .362 with 38 homers and 171 RBI as he led the Clippers to the league championship series where they lost to Waco.

In 1955, Stafford hit .339 with 37 homers and 159 RBI as the Clippers won the league title.

Before playing in Corpus Christi, Stafford played in the minors with teams affiliated with the Washington Senators and Brooklyn Dodgers.

After baseball, Stafford worked as in insurance agent in Corpus Christi.

Stafford is survived by his wife Barbara, six children, 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Services are set for 11 a.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church on Shoreline Boulevard. Burial services will follow at Memory Gardens.