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Richard Grey Clarke
(Noisy)

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Noisy Clarke was a 31-year-old rookie who played just one season in the majors, in 1944 for the Chicago White Sox. A third baseman, he hit .260 in 169 at-bats, on a team whose batting average was .247. He knew how to draw a walk, getting 22 of them for an on-base percentage of .352. He had no home runs but 10 doubles.

The regular third baseman that year was Ralph Hodgin, who hit .295 but made 18 errors in his 82 appearances at third base for a .942 fielding percentage. Clarke made 9 errors in his 45 games at third base for a .941 fielding percentage. The next year, 37-year-old Tony Cuccinello played third base as both Hodgin and Clarke may have been in the military.

Clarke had been traded by Milwaukee of the American Association to the White Sox. He had won the 1943 batting championship in the American Association. In the minors he also played for the Cardinals' minor league team in Houston, for Asheville in the Piedmont League, for Kannapolis in 1936, and for Macon in the Sally League.

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