Brevard's 'Rabbit Joe' Clayton
Last updated 6/15/2020 at 12:24pm
I was intrigued by an item in a recent issue of The Times excerpted from the June 14, 1928, BrevardNews. It noted that Joe Clayton of Brevard was embarking on a professional baseball career.
I did some research on Joe Clayton and found that he was a born in Brevard in 1903. He was a standout ballplayer at Wake Forest and was discovered there in 1926 by a Chattanooga Lookouts scout who got Clayton’s commitment to play for Chattanooga, a team in the high minor leagues, when he finished school. The Feb. 8, 1928, Chattanooga Daily Times reported the arrival of his signed contract and descri...