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Thursday, February 07, 2013

A year later, no markers for slain former MLB player Clyburn in Lancaster

Remembering the death of Danny Clyburn...one year later.

A year after his death, there’s just a faded tiny metal marker to indicate that is where Danny Clyburn Jr., who hit home runs in the major leagues, lies six feet under the red earth.

Danny Clyburn Sr., the father who mourns still in Lancaster – a widower who in his sixth decade of living tries to make ends meet as a custodian at a school so long after his son played in Major League Baseball – doesn’t have the money for a head stone.

“I wasn’t working last year when my son got murdered, so I’m still paying for burying him,” Clyburn said Wednesday. “Funerals and all cost.”

...The night Clyburn was killed, his father urged him to stay home. The son opted to see his old friends. One of those old chums then shot him, police say. Previous court testimony showed Clyburn had both alcohol and marijuana in his system when he died.

What remains now in Lancaster concerning Danny Clyburn Jr., major league home run hitter, is a father, a good and decent man by all accounts, who can’t pay for a gravestone. The big league organizations Clyburn played for never even sent a card of condolence after he was killed, Danny Clyburn Sr. said.

“I worked all my life, I didn’t ask anybody for anything,” Clyburn said Tuesday. “I will pay what I owe. I always have.”

Then the father of a major league home run hitter who died from a bullet to the chest a year ago left to go clean a school on the night shift.

 

Repoz Posted: February 07, 2013 at 06:15 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. PhillyBooster Posted: February 07, 2013 at 10:03 AM (#4364828)
A sad story, and senseless killing, oddly framed.

"no markers for slain former MLB player Clyburn"

"A year after his death, there’s just a faded tiny metal marker to indicate that is where Danny Clyburn Jr., who hit home runs in the major leagues, lies six feet under the red earth."

He was killed, police say, after an argument at a tiny home that was used as a guys’ clubhouse on North Market Street. . . That house has no marker, either."

What are these "markers", how big should they be, and how many of them are murdered former baseball players entitled to? Does hitting four major league home runs entitle him to four markers? Was there a debate at the guys' clubhouse about marker placement? Or did it not occur to anyone except the author of the article that the space should have a marker in it?
   2. Nasty Nate Posted: February 07, 2013 at 10:38 AM (#4364867)
What are these "markers"


gravestones
   3. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: February 07, 2013 at 10:41 AM (#4364870)
He's not talking about some sort of historical marker, PhillyBooster, he's talking about a gravestone. That's what he can't afford.

Next question: Guess which "Lancaster" this article is talking about.

A) Pennsylvania
B) California
C) Ohio
D) other
   4. stig-tossled,hornswoggled gef the talking mongoose Posted: February 07, 2013 at 10:48 AM (#4364877)
Man, that's sad.

Unfortunately, I can relate to his dad's plight. I wasn't able to come up with the money for a marker for my mother's grave till nearly a half-decade after she was buried, when I was finally able to sell the house & land she left for something like $4,000.
   5. PhillyBooster Posted: February 07, 2013 at 10:54 AM (#4364881)
He's not talking about some sort of historical marker, PhillyBooster, he's talking about a gravestone.

But the article says that there is a "tiny metal marker" where he is buried, so that is one marker. There is no "marker" at the house where the shooting occurred, and the headline says "no markers," which is plural so I assume it is talking about something other than a grave marker. I don't think he wants a big gravestone stuck inside the clubhouse. Who has multiple grave markers?

I COMPLETELY though the article was about Lancaster, PA. I even checked the newspaper, which covers "York, Chester, and Lancaster Counties," which would make sense for PA. Then I checked again, and saw his birthplace and the article links. I guess they have similar county names in South Carolina.

Also odd was the photo caption saying that Clyburn played for the Orioles and D-Rays, while the picture shows his father holding up three baseball cards, showing Clyburn playing for the Pirates (minor league card pre-Orioles), Newark Bears (Indy-League post-D-Rays), and what looks to me like Red Sox uniform, but must be some minor league team with a similar color scheme. He didn't have any Orioles or Devil Ray playing cards?
   6. Tom Nawrocki Posted: February 07, 2013 at 11:01 AM (#4364886)
If I ever get murdered, and my parents are broke at the time, the first thing I would tell them from beyond the grave is that they should not worry at all about putting a marker on my grave, and focus more on taking care of their own needs.

Then again, I haven't hit any home runs in the major leagues.
   7. GregD Posted: February 07, 2013 at 11:04 AM (#4364891)
I COMPLETELY though the article was about Lancaster, PA. I even checked the newspaper, which covers "York, Chester, and Lancaster Counties," which would make sense for PA. Then I checked again, and saw his birthplace and the article links. I guess they have similar county names in South Carolina.
A lot of states have major English-place copying going on, but SC seems particularly high.
   8. Jesse Barfield's Right Arm Posted: February 07, 2013 at 11:06 AM (#4364892)
I guess they have similar county names in South Carolina.


That'll happen with "York" and "Lancaster." Speaking of which, poor Richard III didn't have a proper marker either.

Very tough story to read when you get through the writer's oddities.
   9. Perry Posted: February 07, 2013 at 11:17 AM (#4364907)
Next question: Guess which "Lancaster" this article is talking about.

A) Pennsylvania
B) California
C) Ohio
D) other


Yeah, I clicked through just to find out, because I grew up in the one in Ohio. Glad it wasn't that one.
   10. The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: February 07, 2013 at 11:37 AM (#4364918)
That'll happen with "York" and "Lancaster." Speaking of which, poor Richard III didn't have a proper marker either.



Well at least they haven't built a parking lot over his grave yet either.
   11. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: February 07, 2013 at 10:36 PM (#4365470)
Then again, I haven't hit any home runs in the major leagues.

Well not yet. You may still get lucky if you get pinged for a DUI and are suspected of taking PED's. That's the makings of a major leaguer right there.

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