John Clarkson Stats

John Clarkson was born on Monday, July 1, 1861, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Clarkson was 20 years old when he broke into the big leagues on May 2, 1882, with the Worcester Ruby Legs. 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 John Clarkson baseball stats page.

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Birth Name:
John Gibson Clarkson
Nickname:
None
Born On:
07-01-1861  (Cancer)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Year of Death Data Died On:
02-04-1909 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Belmont, Massachusetts
Cemetery:
Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts Click For Grave Photo
High School:
Webster School (Cambridge, MA)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-10
Player Weight Chart Weight:
155
First Game:
05-02-1882 (Age 20)
Last Game:
07-12-1894
Draft:
Not Applicable

John Clarkson

John Clarkson Pitching Stats

1882 21 Ruby Legs 3 3 0 1 2 .333 4.50 2 0 0 24.0 127 49 12 31 0 2 - 3 3 0 0 -
1884 23 White Stockings 14 13 1 10 3 .769 2.14 12 0 0 118.0 478 94 28 64 10 25 - 102 7 0 0 -
1885 24 White Stockings 70 70 0 53 16 .768 1.85 68 10 0 623.0 2,487 497 128 255 21 97 - 308 14 0 0 -
1886 25 White Stockings 55 55 0 36 17 .679 2.41 50 3 0 466.2 1,914 419 125 248 20 86 - 313 17 0 0 -
1887 26 White Stockings 60 59 1 38 21 .644 3.08 56 2 0 523.0 2,183 513 179 283 20 92 - 237 25 8 0 -
1888 27 Beaneaters 54 54 0 33 20 .623 2.76 53 3 0 483.1 2,029 448 148 239 17 119 - 223 33 10 0 -
1889 28 Beaneaters 73 72 1 49 19 .721 2.73 68 8 1 620.0 2,736 589 188 280 16 203 - 284 16 17 0 -
1890 29 Beaneaters 44 44 0 26 18 .591 3.27 43 2 0 383.0 0 370 139 186 14 140 - 138 21 0 0 -
1891 30 Beaneaters 55 51 4 33 19 .635 2.79 47 3 3 460.2 0 435 143 244 18 154 - 141 14 0 0 -
1892 31 Beaneaters 16 16 0 8 6 .571 2.35 15 4 0 145.2 0 115 38 65 4 60 - 48 5 0 0 -
1892 31 Spiders 29 28 1 17 10 .630 2.55 27 1 1 243.1 0 235 69 132 4 72 - 91 4 0 0 -
1893 32 Spiders 36 35 1 16 17 .485 4.45 31 0 0 295.0 0 358 146 240 11 95 - 62 15 0 0 -
1894 33 Spiders 22 18 3 8 10 .444 4.42 13 1 0 150.2 0 173 74 109 6 46 - 28 8 0 0 -
12 Years 531 518 12 328 178 .648 2.81 485 37 5 4,536.1 11,954 4,295 1,417 2,376 161 1,191 - 1,978 182 35 0 -

John Clarkson

John Clarkson Hitting Stats

1882 21 Ruby Legs 3 11 0 4 2 0 0 0 2 0 - 3 - - 0 - .364 .364 .545
1884 23 White Stockings 21 84 16 22 6 2 3 0 17 2 - 16 - - 0 - .262 .279 .488
1885 24 White Stockings 72 283 34 61 11 5 4 0 32 3 - 44 - - 0 - .216 .224 .332
1886 25 White Stockings 55 210 21 49 9 1 3 0 23 0 - 38 - - 0 - .233 .233 .329
1887 26 White Stockings 63 204 40 41 5 5 6 0 25 11 - 25 - - 0 - .201 .242 .309
1888 27 Beaneaters 55 205 20 40 9 1 1 0 17 7 - 48 - - 0 - .195 .222 .263
1889 28 Beaneaters 73 262 36 54 9 3 2 0 23 11 - 59 - - 0 - .206 .238 .286
1890 29 Beaneaters 45 173 18 43 6 3 2 0 26 8 - 31 - - 1 - .249 .286 .353
1891 30 Beaneaters 55 187 28 42 7 4 0 0 26 18 - 50 - - 0 - .225 .293 .305
1892 31 Beaneaters 16 57 7 13 3 0 1 0 13 3 - 15 - - 0 - .228 .267 .333
1892 31 Spiders 29 101 8 14 0 0 0 0 4 8 - 24 - - 0 - .139 .202 .139
1893 32 Spiders 37 131 18 27 6 2 1 0 17 4 - 20 - - 0 - .206 .230 .305
1894 33 Spiders 22 55 8 11 0 0 1 0 7 6 - 9 4 - 0 - .200 .279 .255
12 Years 546 1,963 254 421 73 26 24 0 232 81 - 382 4 - 1 - .214 .246 .315

John Clarkson

John Clarkson Fielding Stats

1882 Ruby Legs 1B 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1882 Ruby Legs P 3 3 72 8 2.7 7 1 6 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .875 2.63
1884 White Stockings 1B 1 - 9 6 6.0 3 3 0 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .500 9.00
1884 White Stockings 3B 2 0 6 4 2.0 2 0 2 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .500 9.00
1884 White Stockings P 14 13 354 55 3.9 44 6 38 11 5 n/a n/a n/a .800 3.36
1884 White Stockings RF 8 - - 14 1.8 10 5 5 4 1 n/a n/a n/a .714 0.00
1885 White Stockings 3B 1 0 0 1 1.0 1 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1885 White Stockings P 70 70 1,869 220 3.1 200 26 174 20 8 n/a n/a n/a .909 2.89
1885 White Stockings RF 3 - - 1 0.3 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1886 White Stockings OF 5 - - 1 0.2 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1886 White Stockings P 55 55 1,400 152 2.8 133 19 114 19 3 n/a n/a n/a .875 2.57
1887 White Stockings OF 5 - - 6 1.2 5 5 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .833 0.00
1887 White Stockings P 60 59 1,569 166 2.8 159 34 125 7 5 n/a n/a n/a .958 2.74
1888 Beaneaters P 54 54 1,450 158 2.9 139 22 117 19 3 n/a n/a n/a .880 2.59
1888 Beaneaters RF 1 - - 3 3.0 1 1 0 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .333 0.00
1889 Beaneaters 3B 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1889 Beaneaters P 73 72 1,860 235 3.2 208 36 172 27 8 n/a n/a n/a .885 3.02
1889 Beaneaters RF 2 - - 1 0.5 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1890 Beaneaters OF 1 - - 4 4.0 1 1 0 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .250 0.00
1890 Beaneaters P 44 44 1,149 107 2.4 93 21 72 14 3 n/a n/a n/a .869 2.19
1891 Beaneaters CF 1 - - 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1891 Beaneaters P 55 51 1,382 154 2.8 141 27 114 13 2 n/a n/a n/a .916 2.75
1892 Beaneaters P 16 16 437 43 2.7 38 2 36 5 3 n/a n/a n/a .884 2.35
1892 Spiders P 29 28 730 70 2.4 60 9 51 10 1 n/a n/a n/a .857 2.22
1893 Spiders P 36 35 885 104 2.9 97 15 82 7 1 n/a n/a n/a .933 2.96
1893 Spiders RF 1 - - 1 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1894 Spiders P 22 18 452 54 2.5 45 3 42 9 2 n/a n/a n/a .833 2.69
P Totals 531 518 13,609 1,526 2.9 1,364 221 1,143 162 44 n/a n/a n/a .894 2.71
RF Totals 15 0 0 20 1.3 13 8 5 7 1 n/a n/a n/a .650 0.00
OF Totals 11 0 0 11 1.0 7 7 0 4 0 n/a n/a n/a .636 0.00
3B Totals 4 0 6 5 1.3 3 0 3 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .600 13.50
1B Totals 2 0 9 6 3.0 3 3 0 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .500 9.00
CF Totals 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
12 Years 564 518 13,624 1,568 2.8 1,390 239 1,151 178 45 n/a n/a n/a .886 2.75

John Clarkson

John Clarkson Miscellaneous Stats

1882 Ruby Legs - - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.7 5.5 1.50 1.13 0.75
1884 White Stockings - - - 0 0 n/a 28.0 5.3 4.9 4.08 7.78 1.91
1885 White Stockings - - - 0 0 n/a 70.8 6.4 8.8 3.18 4.45 1.40
1886 White Stockings 2 - - 0 0 n/a 70.0 5.5 9.1 3.64 6.04 1.66
1887 White Stockings 6 - - 0 0 n/a 34.0 8.2 8.2 2.58 4.08 1.58
1888 Beaneaters 5 - - 0 0 n/a 205.0 4.3 12.1 1.87 4.15 2.22
1889 Beaneaters 8 - - 0 0 n/a 131.0 4.4 11.4 1.40 4.12 2.95
1890 Beaneaters 2 - - 0 0 n/a 86.5 5.6 6.7 0.99 3.24 3.29
1891 Beaneaters 2 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.7 7.2 0.92 2.75 3.01
1892 Beaneaters 1 - - 0 0 n/a 57.0 3.8 4.4 0.80 2.97 3.71
1892 Spiders 2 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.2 25.3 1.26 3.37 2.66
1893 Spiders 2 - - 0 0 n/a 131.0 6.6 7.7 0.65 1.89 2.90
1894 Spiders 1 - - 0 0 n/a 55.0 6.1 7.9 0.61 1.67 2.75
12 Years 31 - - 0 0 n/a 81.8 5.1 8.5 1.66 3.92 2.36

John Clarkson

John Clarkson Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1882 Worcester Ruby Legs n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1884 Chicago White Stockings n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1885 Chicago White Stockings n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1886 Chicago White Stockings n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1887 Chicago White Stockings n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1888 Boston Beaneaters n/a $3,500.00 n/a n/a
1889 Boston Beaneaters n/a $2,000.00 n/a n/a
1890 Boston Beaneaters n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1891 Boston Beaneaters n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1892 Boston Beaneaters n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1892 Cleveland Spiders n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1893 Cleveland Spiders n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1894 Cleveland Spiders n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
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John Gibson Clarkson was a Major League Baseball player who pitched for the Worcester Ruby Legs (1882), Chicago White Stockings (1884-1887), Boston Beaneaters (1888-1892), and Cleveland Spiders (1892-1894). John led the league in wins and strikeouts in 1885, 1998, and 1889. When he added an ERA Title in 1889, it earned Clarkson a Triple Crown!

On July 27, 1885, John Clarkson pitched a no-hitter, the nineteenth no-no in baseball history!

On September 21, 1892, John Clarkson defeated Pittsburgh 3-2, earning his 300th career victory!

John Clarkson 300th Win Box Score

John Clarkson 300th Win | The Pittsburgh Post | September 22, 1892 | Page 6

In 1883 Francis Richter founded the Sporting Life, a weekly magazine devoted to coverage of all sports, with an emphasis on baseball. In 1887 Richter, and other baseball journalists, formed the Base Ball Reporters Association of America, also referred to as the National Base Ball Reporters' Association. And in 1914 Richter wrote the History and Records of Baseball: the American Nation's Chief Sport (Philadelphia: Sporting Life Publishing Co., 1914). In that historic book Richter selected the greatest players in each position in each decade:

Francis Richter Greatest Players by Decade

Decade Catchers Catchers
1870-1880 Doug Allison Deacon White
1880-1890 Charlie Bennett Buck Ewing
1890-1900 Tom Daly Yank Robinson
1900-1912 Chief Meyers Billy Sullivan
Decade Pitchers Pitchers
1870-1880 Candy Cummings Al Spalding
1880-1890 John Clarkson Old Hoss Radbourn
1890-1900 Amos Rusie Cy Young
1900-1912 Christy Mathewson Rube Waddell
Decade First Base First Base
1870-1880 Wes Fisler Joe Start
1880-1890 Cap Anson Charlie Comiskey
1890-1900 Jake Beckley Dan Brouthers
1900-1912 Hal Chase Fred Tenney
Decade Second Base Second Base
1870-1880 Ross Barnes Al Reach (NA Only)
1880-1890 Fred Dunlap Bid McPhee
1890-1900 Nap Lajoie Fred Pfeffer
1900-1912 Eddie Collins Johnny Evers
Decade Third Base Third Base
1870-1880 Cap Anson Ezra Sutton
1880-1890 Jerry Denny Denny Lyons
1890-1900 John McGraw Billy Nash
1900-1912 Home Run Baker Jimmy Collins
Decade Shortstops Shortstops
1870-1880 Davy Force George Wright
1880-1890 Monte Ward Ned Williamson
1890-1900 Hughie Jennings Herman Long
1900-1912 Honus Wagner Bobby Wallace
Decade Left Fielders Left Fielders
1870-1880 Andy Leonard Lip Pike
1880-1890 Tip O'Neill George Wood
1890-1900 Ed Delahanty Joe Kelley
1900-1912 Fred Clarke Chick Stahl
Decade Center Fielders Center Fielders
1870-1880 Count Sensenderfer (NA Only) Harry Wright
1880-1890 Ned Hanlon Hardy Richardson
1890-1900 Billy Hamilton Bill Lange
1900-1912 Ty Cobb Tris Speaker
Decade Right Fielders Right Fielders
1870-1880 Jack Chapman Cal McVey
1880-1890 Joe Kelley Sam Thompson
1890-1900 Jesse Burkett Mike Tiernan
1900-1912 Sam Crawford Willie Keeler

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