Claude Randolph Hinson

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Claude Randolph Hinson was a Clemson athlete and baseball coach. A native of Kershaw, South Carolina, Hinson was an athletic scholarship recipient who played football and baseball in 1934-1935 and 1935-1936. He started most of the games in football as a sophomore, the leading ground gainer, earning honorable mention All-American in 1934. He scored four touchdowns, including an 85-yard interception return against Georgia Tech.

As a baseball player, he started at centerfield and batted .363 in 1934 and .278 in 1935.

Hinson returned to Clemson to coach the baseball team in 1939 and 1940. In 1941 he went into the military for World War II duty, returning after the war to coach baseball again in 1946 and 1947. His .740 winning percentage is the highest of any Clemson baseball coach. Hinson led the Tigers to a 56-19-2 record in four seasons.

After the 1947 season, Hinson was recalled to U.S. Army duty, serving until retirement in 1964 with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He then taught U.S. government and coached golf at Ft. Hunt High School in Alexandria, Virginia for 12 years. He passed away in Mt. Vernon Hospital, Alexandria, on May 24, 2006. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Helen Atkinson Hinson, daughter Betsy Triplett of Alexandria, son Randy Hinson, Jr. of Richmond, Virginia, and five grandchildren.

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