FLOR500, Garden 254 James Clarence Tugerson, Baseball Player, Police Officer (1923–1983) Born at Florence Villa, near Winter Haven, Jim Tugerson served as a warrant officer during World War II. After several years in the minor leagues, he signed to play professional baseball with the Negro League’s Indianapolis Clowns in 1951. Tugerson became nationally recognized as a pioneer in the efforts to integrate baseball during the 1950s. In 1957 he returned home and joined the police force, and to coach local youth baseball. He spent more than a quarter-century with the Winter Haven police department earning the rank of lieutenant.
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James Clarence Tugerson, Baseball Player, Police Officer 

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James Clarence Tugerson, Baseball Player, Police Officer 

(1923–1983)

Born at Florence Villa, near Winter Haven, Jim Tugerson served as a warrant officer during World War II. After several years in the minor leagues, he signed to play professional baseball with the Negro League’s Indianapolis Clowns in 1951. Tugerson became nationally recognized as a pioneer in the efforts to integrate baseball during the 1950s. In 1957 he returned home and joined the police force, and to coach local youth baseball. He spent more than a quarter-century with the Winter Haven police department earning the rank of lieutenant.  





 




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