Former Major League Baseball player, Claudell Washington, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 65.
Sad MLB news. Claudell Washington passed away this AM…
— Full Dissident (@hbryant42) June 10, 2020
Washington had been living in the San Francisco area and been battling with illness for many years, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Claudell Washington was living in the East Bay and had been battling illness for several years. RIP to one of the 70s A’s more underrated players.
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) June 10, 2020
For the last three years, he had fought prostate cancer, according to Chris Bumbaca of USA Today.
Claudell was discovered by the Oakland Athletics when he was a teenager. He made his major league debut with them in 1974. In his first season, he won a World Series title. The next year he earned the first of two All-Star selections.
Washington was traded to the Texas Rangers, for Barry Bonds, after the 1976 season. He played for the Chicago White Sox and the New York Mets before going to the Atlanta Braves in 1981.
The Braves traded Washington to the New York Yankees during the 1986 season. He slashed .270/.320/.410 with 26 home runs and 130 runs batted in with the Yankees. He ended his career with the Yankees. In his career, Washington slashed .278/.325/.420 with 164 home runs and 824 RBIs.
Rest in peace, Claudell Washington.