PLAYER PROFILE

ZACK CLAYTON

STATISTICS & HISTORY

Zack Clayton graduated in 1937 from Gratz High School in Philadelphia , where he starred in football, baseball and basketball. He attended Alabama State College and Temple University before dropping out for financial reasons.  Clayton played professional basketball for fifteen years. In the 1930s and 1940s, he played with the most famous black teams of the era, the Harlem Globetrotters and the New York Rens. He was a member of two World Professional Basketball  Tournament championship teams, in 1939 with the Rens and in 1943 with the Washington Bears. In the early 1940s, Mr. Clayton played professional baseball in the Negro Leagues alongside Jackie Robinson, Larry Doby and his high school teammate, Roy Campanella. Clayton refereed boxing matches for over 40 years.  In 1974, Clayton was the referee for the famed “Rumble in the Jungle”, the heavyweight championship bout between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Zaire. Away from sports, Clayton worked as a Philadelphia city fireman, serving more than 30 years before retiring as a lieutenant in the 1970s.

 

ZACK CLAYTON Height: 6:00 Weight: 195 College: Alabama State
Zackery M. Clayton Born: Apr 17, 1918 Died:  Nov 20, 1997 Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.
REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA  FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1934-35 Chicago Crusaders Indep
1935-36 Palais Royal Five Indep
1935-36 Philadelphia Comanders Indep
1935-36 New York Rens Indep
1935-36 Harlem Globetrotters Indep
1936-37 Philadelphia Comanders Indep
1936-37 Philadelphia Giants Indep
1937-38 Harlem Globetrotters Indep
1938-39 New York Rens Indep
1939-40 New York Rens Indep
1940-41 New York Rens Indep
1941-42 New York Rens Indep
1941-42 Philadelphia Toppers Indep
1942-43 Washington Bears Indep 25 52 18 122 4.9
1942-43 New York Rens Indep
1943-44 Washington Bears Indep 30 55 26 136 4.5
1943-44 New York Rens Indep
1943-44 Harlem Globetrotters Indep
1944-45 Washington Bears Indep 8 17 3 37 4.6
1944-45 New York Rens Indep
1945-46 Harlem Globetrotters Indep
1945-46 Washington Bears Indep 2 2 2 6 3.0
1946-47 Washington Bears Indep 12 25 20 70 5.8
1946-47 New York Rens Indep
1946-47 Hazelton EBL 1 4 1 9 9.0
1947-48 Philadelphia EBL 25 72 46 190 7.6
1948-49 Worcester Table-Talk Indep
POST SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1938-39 New York Rens WBT 1 0 0 1 .000 0 0.0
1939-40 New York Rens WBT 2 1 2 2 1.000 4 2.0
1940-41 New York Rens WBT 4 9 1 1 1.000 19 4.8
1941-42 New York Rens WBT 2 2 2 5 .400 6 3.0
1942-43 Washington Bears WBT 3 6 8 8 1.000 20 6.7
1943-44 Harlem Globetrotters WBT 4 9 5 6 .833 23 5.8
1944-45 New York Rens WBT 4 19 13 15 .867 51 12.8
1946-47 New York Rens WBT 1 0 3 3 1.000 3 3.0
Major League Totals 21 46 34 41 .829 126 6.0
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