Horace Clarke Stats

Horace Clarke was born on Friday, June 2, 1939, in Frederiksted, Virgin Islands. Clarke was 25 years old when he broke into the big leagues on May 13, 1965, with the New York Yankees. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Horace Clarke baseball stats page.

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"Horace Clarke isn't like any other ballplayer, not that I can see. He took the criticism of the early years in pained silence. He didn't tear up the sports pages that were so critical of him. He didn't curse at the nagging fans. 'Sure I would feel bad when I saw in the papers that the Yankees can never win the pennant with that guy at second base,' Horace Clarke will tell you. 'But why get mad. I figure that's his opinion, and he's entitled to it. I must have been able to do something. Don't tell me a ballplayer can fool a manager for seven years.' There is no bigger fan of Horace Clarke than Ralph Houk . You've of the ballplayers' ballplayer? Clarke is the manager's ballplayer. He leads them in other things; in stolen bases, in assists, in total chances, but not in quotable quotes. His Virgin Island English is impeccable. He simply is a quiet man. As the ballplayers put it, 'He wouldn't say spit if he had a mouthful.' 'He has never caused me any trouble,' says Ralph Houk . 'In fact, he's so little trouble, I find myself wondering if I shouldn't talk to him to let him see that you know he's around.' One time, he gave the front office a bit of a headache. He held out for $1 million. Not in cash. A lawyer friend of his suggested the Yankees might make it possible for him to obtain a $1 million loan from a bank, so that he might make a large construction deal in St. Croix. They compromised. They gave him a salary of $35,000.'" - Staff Writer Dick Young in The Daily News (08/18/1972, The Hoss That Nobody Bets , Page 107)

Horace Clarke

Horace 'Hoss' Clarke Autograph on a 1973 Topps Baseball Card (#198)

Horace 'Hoss' Clarke Autograph on a 1973 Topps Baseball Card (#198)

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Birth Name:
Horace Meredith Clarke
Nickname:
Hoss
Born On:
06-02-1939  (Gemini)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Frederiksted, Virgin Islands
Year of Death Data Died On:
08-05-2020 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Frederiksted, Virgin Islands
Cemetery:
Not Yet Determined
High School:
Christiansted High School (St. Croix, Virgin Island)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Both
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-09
Player Weight Chart Weight:
175
First Game:
05-13-1965 (Age 25)
Last Game:
09-15-1974
Draft:
Undrafted Free Agent

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Horace Clarke Pitching Stats

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Horace Clarke Hitting Stats

1965 26 Yankees 51 108 13 28 1 0 1 1 9 6 0 6 1 1 0 2 .259 .296 .296
1966 27 Yankees 96 312 37 83 10 4 6 1 28 27 4 24 1 3 1 2 .266 .324 .381
1967 28 Yankees 143 588 74 160 17 0 3 0 29 42 2 64 3 0 0 5 .272 .321 .316
1968 29 Yankees 148 579 52 133 6 1 2 0 26 23 0 46 3 2 0 8 .230 .258 .254
1969 30 Yankees 156 641 82 183 26 7 4 0 48 53 1 41 3 2 0 8 .285 .339 .367
1970 31 Yankees 158 686 81 172 24 2 4 0 46 35 5 35 2 7 2 12 .251 .286 .309
1971 32 Yankees 159 625 76 156 23 7 2 0 41 64 2 43 4 1 2 14 .250 .321 .318
1972 33 Yankees 147 547 65 132 20 2 3 0 37 56 4 44 3 3 4 7 .241 .315 .302
1973 34 Yankees 148 590 60 155 21 0 2 0 35 47 0 48 6 5 2 18 .263 .317 .308
1974 35 Yankees 24 47 3 11 1 0 0 0 1 4 0 5 2 0 0 1 .234 .294 .255
1974 35 Padres 42 90 5 17 1 0 0 0 4 8 0 6 1 0 0 0 .189 .255 .200
10 Years 1,272 4,813 548 1,230 150 23 27 2 304 365 18 362 29 24 11 77 .256 .308 .313

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Horace Clarke Fielding Stats

1965 Yankees 2B 7 4 132 15 2.1 15 5 10 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.07
1965 Yankees 3B 17 17 411 65 3.8 60 15 45 5 4 n/a n/a n/a .923 3.94
1965 Yankees SS 1 0 9 2 2.0 2 1 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 6.00
1966 Yankees 2B 16 14 389 83 5.2 80 42 38 3 9 n/a n/a n/a .964 5.55
1966 Yankees 3B 4 3 111 7 1.8 6 2 4 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .857 1.46
1966 Yankees SS 63 59 1,572 264 4.2 256 102 154 8 37 n/a n/a n/a .970 4.40
1967 Yankees 2B 140 139 3,787 766 5.5 758 348 410 8 79 n/a n/a n/a .990 5.40
1968 Yankees 2B 139 137 3,646 814 5.9 801 357 444 13 80 n/a n/a n/a .984 5.93
1969 Yankees 2B 156 156 4,156 817 5.2 802 373 429 15 112 n/a n/a n/a .982 5.21
1970 Yankees 2B 157 157 4,253 875 5.6 857 379 478 18 95 n/a n/a n/a .979 5.44
1971 Yankees 2B 156 153 4,143 857 5.5 841 386 455 16 97 n/a n/a n/a .981 5.48
1972 Yankees 2B 143 134 3,586 757 5.3 746 347 399 11 104 n/a n/a n/a .985 5.62
1973 Yankees 2B 147 141 3,759 838 5.7 820 378 442 18 107 n/a n/a n/a .979 5.89
1974 Yankees 2B 20 9 285 54 2.7 54 27 27 0 5 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 5.12
1974 Padres 2B 21 14 420 89 4.2 87 40 47 2 6 n/a n/a n/a .978 5.59
2B Totals 1,102 1,058 28,556 5,965 5.4 5,861 2,682 3,179 104 695 n/a n/a n/a .983 5.54
SS Totals 64 59 1,581 266 4.2 258 103 155 8 37 n/a n/a n/a .970 4.41
3B Totals 21 20 522 72 3.4 66 17 49 6 6 n/a n/a n/a .917 3.41
10 Years 1,187 1,137 30,659 6,303 5.3 6,185 2,802 3,383 118 738 n/a n/a n/a .981 5.45

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Horace Clarke Miscellaneous Stats

1965 Yankees 2 1 .667 29 0 n/a 108.0 18.0 12.0 - - -
1966 Yankees 5 3 .625 11 6 n/a 52.0 13.0 11.1 - - -
1967 Yankees 21 4 .840 2 1 n/a 196.0 9.2 20.3 - - -
1968 Yankees 20 7 .741 7 4 n/a 289.5 12.6 22.3 - - -
1969 Yankees 33 13 .717 0 0 n/a 160.3 15.6 13.4 - - -
1970 Yankees 23 7 .767 1 0 n/a 171.5 19.6 14.9 - - -
1971 Yankees 17 7 .708 4 0 n/a 312.5 14.5 15.2 - - -
1972 Yankees 18 6 .750 7 1 n/a 182.3 12.4 14.8 - - -
1973 Yankees 11 10 .524 2 3 0 295.0 12.3 16.9 - - -
1974 Yankees 1 0 1.000 12 1 1 0.0 9.4 47.0 - - -
1974 Padres 0 0 .000 27 1 n/a 0.0 15.0 22.5 - - -
10 Years 151 58 .722 102 17 1 178.3 13.3 15.8 - - -

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Horace Clarke Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1965 New York Yankees 20 Undetermined - -
1966 New York Yankees 20 Undetermined - -
1967 New York Yankees 20 Undetermined - -
1968 New York Yankees 20 Undetermined - -
1969 New York Yankees 20 $37,000.00 - -
1970 New York Yankees 20 $32,000.00 - -
1971 New York Yankees 20 $35,000.00 - -
1972 New York Yankees 20 $39,000.00 - -
1973 New York Yankees 20 $42,500.00 - -
1974 New York Yankees 20 Undetermined - -
1974 San Diego Padres 7 Undetermined - -
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Horace Meredith Clarke was a Major League Baseball player with the New York Yankees (1965-1974) and San Diego Padres (1974). When Clarke made his big league debut on May 13, 1965 , against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park , he singled off Dave Morehead in his first at-bat.

Horace Clarke was the fourth ballplayer from the Virgin Islands to play Major League Baseball (the first switch hitter). Those who preceded him were Elmo Plaskett (1962), Al McBean (1961), and Joe Christopher (1959).

Horace Clarke Rookie Baseball Card

Horace Clarke Rookie Card | 1966 Topps Baseball Card (#547 | Checklist ) | Baseball Almanac Collection

What is the Horace Clarke Era? How did it become known as the Horace Clarke Era? Was Horace upset with the term? An essay in The Love of Baseball: Essays by Lifelong Fans (Chris Arvidson, McFarland Publishing, 09/15/2017, Page 52) described it best:

It was 1970 and I was seven years old. The Dodgers and Giants were long gone from New York. The Yankees last played in the World Series when I was two, and the last player from their glory years, Mickey Mantle , retired before the 1969 season. The Miracle Mets were the defending World Series champions and owned the city.

Most of the other kids in the neighborhood had become Mets fans. It may be that I was born in the Bronx or that I have always been a natural contrarian, but I became a Yankees fan. A Yankees fan in the midst of what would be known as the Horace Clarke Era.

Horace Clarke was the regular second baseman for the Yankees from 1967 to 1974, coming up to the Major League club in 1965 and replacing Bobby Richardson as the Yankees starting second baseman two years later. Clarke was not a bad player, having a career batting average of .256 with 27 home runs, 304 RBIs and 151 stole bases. His stats are comparable to Bobby Richardson's , who was the Yankee's second baseman during the previous decade, but the Yankees did not make the playoffs once during Clarke's tenure. Richardson played in seven World Series . Luckily for me, I only had to endure the last five years of the Horace Clarke Era.

I do know whether to feel sorry for Horace Clarke for having one of the worst stretches of Yankees ' history named after him. Otherwise, he would have been forgotten in baseball history.

Unfortunately for Horace Clark, he was not surrounded by the likes of Mickey Mantle , Roger Maris , Tony Kubek and Whitey Ford like Bobby Richardson was. The 1970 Yankees ' lineup was not a a powerhouse. But even 46 years later, I still remember the names of each of the starting players from that nondescript team surrounding Horace Clarke. Danny Cater , Gene Michael , Jerry Kenney , Roy White , Bobby Murcer , Curt Blefary and a rookie, Thurman Munson , could never be called a Murderer's Row. The starting pitchers Mel Stottlemyre , Fritz Peterson , Stan Bahnsen and Mike Kekich compromised a decent staff but did not come close to the Orioles starters of that era, which included Mike Cuellar , Dave McNally and Jim Palmer . Unfortunately, that mediocre 1970 team may have been the best Yankee's team of the Horace Clarke Era.


Horace Clarke spoke with Baseball Almanac and said, "I loved being a Yankee. I was proud of it too. I played there at a really difficult time, but it was a real blast. I was a child from St. Croix playing Major League Baseball in New York City. A magnificent city.

"I really don't mind the term. I guess I should be proud of it as well. I was never a great player, and I never got used to the attacks, but I also never retaliated, and never would, I was a happy man. I'm a happy man now, you are my friend, and you called to talk to me, to hear my stories and my memories."

Did you know that Horace Clarke broke up three no-hitters in the ninth inning — during his career? The unfortunate pitchers on Clarke's resume are Jim Rooker ( June 4th ), Sonny Siebert ( June 19th ), and Joe Niekro ( July 2nd ). Why isn't the year listed? Because all three spoilers occurred in 1970! Do you know what big league catcher has also broken up three no-hit bids in the ninth frame? [ Answer ]

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