Claudell Washington lived in East Bay and had been battling the disease for several years. RIP to one of the most underrated players of the 70’s.
– Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) June 10, 2020
Living in Washington Bay, Washington was diagnosed with prostate cancer, but stopped treatment in 2018.
“If I’m leaving tomorrow, I’m fine,” Washington told Marcus Thompson The Athletic this year. “I am in total peace with my life. I wouldn’t change my script for anything in the world. ”
A fast fielder, Washington has played 1,912 games in major tournaments in 17 seasons with the A’s, Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees and California Angels. He ended his career with the Yankees in 1990.
He was named to the All-Star Games in 1975 and 1984. Washington’s best plateau season came in 1982 as a member of the Braves when he hit .266 with 16 homers, 80 RBIs and .745 OPS .
In 1985 Washington was one of 21 players involved in the Pittsburgh drug trials. Washington was suspended for 60 games and charged with 50 hours of community service.
Famous in the 1986 film Ferris Bueller’s day off, the main character played by Matthew Broderick catches a Washington ball foul during a match at Wrigley Field when he called sick to school.
For his career, Washington has reached .278 with 164 HR, 824 RBI and a .745 OPS.