Claude Gilyard

Claude Hampton Gilyard,1 born October 16th, 1907 in Fort Smith, AR,2 was a Negro baseball player from about 1927-1931. He was the brother of Luther Gilyard.


Gilyard was the son of Luther Gilyard Sr. and Pearl (nee White) Gilyard. He was born and raised in Fort Smith, AR.3

Gilyard, a 5' 9" shortstop, played with the Oklahoma Giants of Tulsa, OK4 in 19275 , the Wichita Yellowjackets6 and Scotts Giants of Des Moines, IA in 1928,7 the Tulsa Black Oilers in 1929 and 1931,8 9 and the Michigan Wolverines10 and Holdrege, NE in 1930.11

Gilyard died on March 16th, 1982 in Los Angeles, CA.12 He was buried in Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, CA.13

1 Gilyard's middle name is listed as "Hamilton" in California death index records
2 Gilyard's WWII draft card.
3 "United States Census, 1920", database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MDFV-ZWT : 31 January 2021), Claud Gilyard in entry for Luther Gilyard, 1920.
4 Also known as the Tulsa Black Giants.
9 San Antonio Light, 4/19/1931
12 "California Death Index, 1940-1997," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VPXH-JMV : 26 November 2014), Claude Hamilton Gilyard, 16 Mar 1982; Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento.
13 Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/3812195/claude-h-gilyard: accessed 08 February 2023), memorial page for Claude H Gilyard (16 Oct 1907–16 Mar 1982), Find a Grave Memorial ID 3812195, citing Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, Riverside County, California, USA; Maintained by Doug B (contributor 102)..