One of the best Eastern Shore athletes to ever live has passed away. Clarence ‘Slim’ Churn passed away at his home in Lady Lake, FL on Saturday, October 21.
Churn, who was from Bridgetown, made his mark as a Major League Baseball player pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers during their 1959 season that ended with the World Series Title. That season, the Dodgers were in a tight pennant race with the Milwaukee Brewers and the San Fransisco Giants, and Churn was called up from the Dodgers AAA team Spokane Indians in August. Churn proceeded to come out of the bullpen down the stretch and went unscored upon in his first three appearances, including notching three wins and a save. The Dodgers won the World Series against the Chicago White Sox in six. Churn also played Major League ball for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cleveland Indians. He ended his MLB career with 32 strikeouts in 47⅔ total innings pitched, allowing 49 hits and 19 walks.
Following the 1959 season, Churn returned to the minor leagues until 1962. According to an interview with Bill Sterling, during this time Churn became friends with future Orioles Manager Earl Weaver. The two made a pact that if either of them became a major league coach they would hire the other. When Weaver was given the job by the Baltimore Orioles in 1968 he called Churn to offer him a job, but Churn had just spent every dime he had planting a big potato crop, and couldn’t accept the job.
Local services are scheduled to be Saturday, November 4, 2017, at 11:00 AM at Johnson’s United Methodist Church in Johnsontown.