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Traded to the Braves after the 1966 season, he enjoyed his best offensive year in 1967 with 26 homers and 96 RBI. He led NL third basemen in fielding in 1967 and 1969.
On August 31, 1969, as he approached the plate locked in a 1-for-17 batting slump, he fell "victim" to Morganna, a buxom blonde who'd earned notoriety by dashing on the field and kissing ballplayers. After the kiss, Clete got an RBI-single, two more hits in the game, and racked up eight hits in his next 15 at-bats.
After his release by the Braves in 1971, he played for Hawaii in the Pacific Coast League, where he became the first American professional to be traded to a Japanese league when he was dealt to the Tayio Whales for John Werhas.