Ex-Yankee born in Bellingham dies
Cuddles Marshall, who is one of only three players in Major
League Baseball history who was born in Bellingham, died Friday at his
California home. He was 82.
Marshall was the first Bellingham- born player in the major leagues, according to baseballreference. com. He was later followed by Bellingham natives Roger Repoz, who played outfielder for the Yankees, Kansas City Athletics and California Angels in the 60s and early 70s, and Ty Taubenheim, who pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2005 and 06 and was picked up by the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this month.
a 7-7 career record with a 5.98 ERA in 73 appearances including 15 saves.
He earned a World Series championship ring in 1949 when the Yankees
defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers, though baseball-reference.com did not
list him with any career postseason appearances.
Marshalls brother Ernie, 78, of Bellingham, said he and his wife Beryl have numerous mementos of Clarences time with the Yankees. He was Joe Di Maggios roommate on the road, and it was the Yankee Clipper who came up with the nickname Cuddles, Ernie Marshall said.
One prized newspaper clipping is from the New York Daily News, describing how Clarence Marshall pitched in the first night game in Yankee Stadium on May 28, 1946. He was 21 years old.
The paper used phrases like Yankees by lamplight and night baseball is still somewhat a novelty in New York, according to Beryl Marshall.
He lived the dream, and his dream was fulfilled, Ernie Marshall said. His dream was to pitch for the Seattle Rainiers, and then move up to the Yankees. He did both.
Ernie Marshall also said that Clarence Marshall bore more than a passing resemblance to Tyrone Power, one of Hollywoods biggest actors of the time who achieved his biggest fame after the 1940 release of The Mark of Zorro. One newspaper featured the two men placed side-by-side to show the resemblance.
Marshall was preceded in death by his wife Margaret. He is survived by two daughters and one grandchild.