He was a career backup catcher, first in Cincinnati from 1927-1931, seeing action in over 100 games in his last season there. He damaged his eye in a hunting accident but still continued to play baseball. He was traded to the Brooklyn Dodgers and backed up Al Lopez for four seasons. He hit awful averages, after a .234 season he dropped to .086 then .163 in his last season. But during the man power shortage of WW II he got another chance to play nine years later, hitting .294 in 51 at bats in his final season of play (1945).
After playing he became a long time Dodgers coach and scout working closely for Branch Rickey. He was coach for both Jackie Robinson & Roy Campanella at the minor league level working closely to ease racial tensions within the club & the communities. Sukeforth was the only other person present in 1946 when Rickey told Jackie Robinson his plan for integration the next season. As the 1947 began, Leo Durocher was still the Dodger manager; he got suspended for the first few games of the season.
Sukeforth took over the helm as interim manager, and goes down in history as the manager of the first integrated team in MLB history as Robinson made his debut. The Dodgers won the game. Sukeforth did not want the job for the whole season and Burt Shotton took over. He was Shotton’s brains, helping him call the shots leading Brooklyn to a pennant.
In the famous Norman Rockwell painting Game called because of rain there is more Sukeforth lore. The illustration focuses on three stern umpires deciding whether the baseball game should be called on account of rain, in the background are two other baseball figures. It is Clyde Sukeforth, who is suppose to be the Brooklyn player on the left.