"Ken offers a tremendous amount of knowledge through years

of hard work and experience, both professionally and at the amateur level."

 

~Matt Walbeck

Coach Ken Clawson

Specializes in Baseball- Batting, Outfield, Infield, Pitching.

 

From the time he was a boy, Ken Clawson wanted to play pro baseball and achieved his goal through adversity, hard work and an unwavering determination that led him into pro ball right out of high school.

 

Having started high school at age 16, Clawson was told that he’d never get the chance to play Varsity Baseball. “I worked very hard to prove everyone wrong,” made the team and started as short stop. In the summer before his first season, Clawson met Pete Rose in the locker room at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. “He gave me the hat off his head and told me how important it was to eat right, get plenty of rest and never stop trying to get better,” inspiring Clawson to get to the next level.

 

In the fall of 1980 while caddying in a Celebrity Golf Tournament, someone in the crowd yelled, “Hey kid. Where did you get that Phillies hat?” After telling him “Pete Rose,” the man followed Clawson around the course. Turns out that man was Bill Avilla, scout for the Philadelphia Phillies, and when “I told him the story and how hard I’ve been training and my intention of playing professional baseball, Mr. Avilla began showing up to all of my games.” Before long, other scouts caught wind and 10 to 20 scouts would be at any given game.

 

 

Clawson with Ken Griffey Jr.
Clawson with Ken Griffey Jr.

During his Junior year in high school, Clawson attended baseball camps held by Pro teams and wound up leading the Metro League in hitting. By his senior year, the scholarship offers were pouring in from reputable schools, and pro teams began pulling him from class. Clawson’s hard work was beginning to pay off and he continued to stay focused and work hard towards achieving his goals.

 

In early spring of Clawson’s senior year, his grandfather was in a fatal car accident on the way to one of his games. “I felt as though my world would never be the same.” Instead of letting this tragedy destroy his spirit, Clawson made the decision to dedicate the entire season to his #1 fan. “I remember this incredible ability to concentrate in every game. That was a magical season!”

 

Clawson lead the entire area in hitting at .542. and accepted Player Of The Year, and Sacramento Hall of Fame High School Baseball Player Of The Year! That June, he was drafted in the 10th Round by the San Diego Padres. “All of a sudden, I was playing against Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire, Will Clark and Kirby Puckett—and turning double plays with teammate and future Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar.”

Rangers 1987 Hitting ground balls in batting practice
Rangers 1987 Hitting ground balls in batting practice

For 3 seasons Clawson played short stop and third base, but had a yearning to pitch and at his first opportunity, proved to be worthy in that position. The following season, he converted to pitcher.

 

The best year in his professional career came in 1987 when he became the1st pick in the Supplementary Rule 5 Draft and headed to Florida for Spring Training with the Texas Rangers. By Winter of 1987, Clawson was released by the Rangers and for the first time out of work.

 

“It took most of my life working as hard as I could and making a lot of sacrifices along the way to get to where I was.

Staying there was even harder!”

Clawson in Italy
Clawson in Italy

In the world of baseball there are always highs and lows and before long an amazing opportunity arose when Rangers scout, Rick Schroeder, recommended Clawson for an Italian team who was looking for a player who could hit well, play short stop and pitch.

 

Clawson fit the bill and became 1 of 2 Americans to play for the team. He played for 4 years in Italy, made a lot of friends and had many great life experiences.

 

“Overcoming adversities and learning multiple positions

allowed me to extend my career and play baseball

in other parts of the world that I would have never imagined!”


After retiring from baseball following the 1991 season, Clawson started working with kids and for the past 10 years has taught the fundamentals and sportsmanship of the game. Through more than 9,000 lessons and more than 100 camps.

 

Clawson has made it his goal to ensure that each kid receives the personal attention they deserve to not only better themselves on the field, but also in life.

 

Ken Clawson's Professional Career Batting and Pitching Stats

 

Year

Age

Team

League

Lev

Aff

G

PA

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

CS

BB

SO

BA

1983

18

Spokane

NORW

A-

SDP

55

210

186

19

44

3

1

0

14

2

2

16

39

.237

1999

19

Reno

CALL

A

SDP

67

235

211

8

8

0

0

1

16

1

16

19

49

.223

2000

20

Charleston

SALL

A

SDP

107

249

217

33

14

12

0

1

25

2

55

28

41

.240

2000

21

Reno

CALL

A

SDP

28

15

13

12

11

1

0

0

1

0

37

0

1

.385

2000

21

Port Charlotte

FLOR

A

TEX

36

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

          5 Seasons

 

 

 

293

709

627

68

148

11

1

2

56

5

44

63

130

.236

 

Year

Age

Team

Leage

Level

Aff

W

L

ERA

G

GS

GF

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

1985

20

Charleston

SALL

A

SDP

0

0

0.00

1

0

1

1.0

0

0

0

0

2

1986

21

Reno

CALL

A

SDP

6

9

5.59

26

26

0

148.0

184

109

92

84

61

1987

22

Port Charlotte

FLOR

A

TEX

6

3

3.75

36

2

9

72.0

66

38

30

57

47

 

3 Seasons

 

 

 

12

12

4.97

63

28

10

221.0

250

147

122

141

110

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2nd time meeting Pete Rose, in 1985 at Shea Stadium, NY

9th Grade Basketball at Golden State Warriors-76ers. Shot hoops with Dr.J, 1980

Clawson in Little League, 1977

1st year American Legion was in Folsom! We won quite a few games that year and had a lot of fun! Great bunch of kids and parents! w/ Doug VanWinkle