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By David Stevens
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Clovis Pioneers rise to glory

City's pro team won it all 80 years ago this summer

 

Last updated 6/18/2021 at 2:18pm

High Plains Historical Foundation

Mac Quillin, right, played four seasons with the Pioneers, including the championship year of 1941 when he started at second base and slugged 35 extra-base hits. After baseball, he went to work for the railroad, retiring in 1979. He died in Clovis in 2004 at age 87. Darwin Dobbs, left, pitched almost 600 innings for the Pioneers from 1946 through 1948.

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