Miner Henry Cliett



Miner Cliett is a familiar name in the world of skeet and especially in his home state of Alabama.  Miner was not only a fine shooter, he also brought national attention to the sport.  Miner's shooting achievements sparked interest with various publications such as the New York Herald Tribune, the Dallas Times and the Florida Times where he was featured many times.

Miner breezed through numerous state and national titles during his teens.  When Miner was only 11 years old, he won the .410, 28, and 20 gauge national junior championships, and at age 13 he won the coveted national title World Champion of Champion Event.  Miner even graced the pages of Sports Illustrated in 1958, when he was 14, after setting an American record for winning every major title the Mid-South Open Skeet Shoot junior class had to offer.  He was also a guest on the popular Arthur Godfrey television show that same year.  Miner capped his youthful career  by winning a spot on the U.S. International Team at age 17 and competed in Oslo, Norway in the World Moving Target championship.  By breaking 634 targets, Cliett shot his way to the gold medal.  Miner was called "William Tell of the 12 gauge shotgun".

Miner earned All-American status in 1956 as Junior All-American and continued as an All-American through 1963.  During this time he was also selected as the captain of four All-American squads.

Atlanta sports reporter, Furman Bisher, described Miner as the "World's Top Juvenile Gunman".  Former Executive Secretary of the National Skeet Shooting Association George White said, "Miner might be the greatest shooter of all times".  Although Miner was not an active shooter in his later years, his extraordinary skeet career will long be remembered.  Miner passed away December, 1992.