Nashville’s Twin Batterymates

November 23, 1897 is the birthday of twins Claude and Clarence “Bubber” Jonnard. Born in Nashville, each would play in the major leagues, Claude as a catcher and Bubber as a pitcher.

Teammates on the Nashville squad in 1920 and 1921, the brothers were often the Vols battery during those seasons.TheJonnards

A member of the Chicago White Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, and St. Louis Cardinals, Bubber also managed for the Dallas Steers, the Milford Giants, and in 1944 was the manager of the Minneapolis Millerettes in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

He was a coach for the New York Giants, became a scout for the team, and scouted for the Kansas City Athletics, Baltimore Orioles, and New York Mets.

Bubber played for the Nashville Vols in 1920 and 1921. He died August 23, 1977 and is buried in Sparkman-Hillcrest Memorial Park in Dallas, Texas.

A right-hander, Claude pitched for the New York Giants, St. Louis Browns, and Chicago Cubs and had a total of three relief appearances in the World Series for the Giants in 1923 and 1924. During the 1923 season Claude appeared in more games, 45, than any other National League pitcher.

Claude played for Nashville between 1917 and 1920. He passed away in Nashville on August 27, 1959 at the age of 61 and is buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

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