Leon McClinton, 77, of Little Rock passed away Aug. 24, 2010 at Arkansas Hospice in Little Rock. 

He was born Jan. 29, 1933 in Des Moines, Ia., to John K. and Leona Stamp McClinton. 

He was a lefty professional baseball pitcher in the minor leagues.  

He was a published author.  

He was a teacher for more than 40 years and high school athletic coach.

Leon received an extensive education at several universities culminating with a M.A. of education at Wisconsin State University.

He pitched for minor league baseball teams in Arkansas, Wisconsin, Winnipeg, Manitoba with both the Cleveland Indian and the Saint Louis Cardinal organizations from 1951-1957. 

In 1953-1955, he served in the U.S. Army, where he served in Korea and Japan.

He was a High school English teacher and athletics coach in Osceola, Winnipeg Manitoba and Antigo Wisc.  

He was a published author with his 1974 book "Cross-Country Runner" named "top juvenile book" by Wisconsin Writers Council 1974.

Leon was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Lynn R. McClinton; and his first wife, Joan Vingers McClinton.  

He is survived by his wife Sue Vanlandingham-McClinton of Little Rock; three children, Cheryl Racine of Antigo, Wis.; Mark McClinton of Wausau Wis.; and Scott McClinton of Sun Prairie Wis.; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, all of Wisconsin; his sister, Joan Skelton of Conway; and six nephews and nieces.

Funeral services were held Monday at Griffin-Leggett Healey and Roth Funeral Home 5800 West 12th St. Little Rock, Ark. 

Interment followed at Roselawn Cemetery. 

Visitation was held at the funeral home Sunday afternoon.

Please sign his online guestbook at www.griffinleggetthealeyroth.com