Clayton Jones

Clayton Jones, one of softball’s premier shortstops, played with the Safari Tigers during the 1980s and with the Be- Athletes into the ‘90s. As a three-time All-American selection in 1985 and 1986 and again in 1995, Clayton’s excellence at shortstop excited fans for over twenty years. Playing with La La Washington (HOF) and Stretch Lee (HOF), Clayton rounded out one of the strongest infields playing during their era. His exciting plays during the 1985 and 1986 ASA Nationals helped the Tigers to advance into the finals, narrowly missing winning back-to-back titles. Besides his excellent defensive skills, Clayton helped the Tigers and the BE-Athletes with his ability to hit consistently with power and accuracy. With his great speed added into the mix, Clayton was truly a fully rounded athlete who earned the respect of his teammates and competitors alike. He and his wife, Neola, live in Chicago.