Stu Locklin, American baseball player, Died at 88


Stuart Carlton Locklin was born on July 22, 1928, and died on December 4, 2016.

He was a Major League Baseball outfielder.

Locklin played 25 games for the Cleveland Indians during parts of the 1955 and 1956 seasons.

On the baseball diamond, his nickname was “Lefty.”

He was an all-state performer in three sports, football, basketball, and track, at Appleton High in Appleton, Wisconsin (now Appleton West High School).

He was a member of the National Honor Society in high school.

He was the oldest brother, and his other two siblings Mory and Ron Locklin were also exceptional amateur athletes at Appleton High.

In 2011, Appleton West honored Locklin in a ceremony.

Locklin enrolled in the University of Wisconsin on an athletic scholarship in the 1946–1947 academic year.

Whilst a freshman, he started at right end on the football team.

Locklin led the baseball team in average (.352), hits, and runs as a freshman.

Whilst a sophomore, he played on the varsity basketball team.

But, even though his amateur athletic career was over upon signing the contract, Locklin continued to attend the University of Wisconsin and earned a bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s degree in education.

He started his professional career in 1949 and successfully began moving through the Indians’ minor league affiliates at Dayton, Oklahoma City, and San Diego.

When he retired from baseball, Locklin became a school teacher, coach, and guidance counselor in his hometown of Appleton.

Locklin was a Catholic who volunteered extensively for various church organization and charities.

Further down in his life, he moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Stuart Carlton Locklin passed away at 88 years old.