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John Gibson Clarkson

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 155 lb.

Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1963

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[edit] Biographical Information

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter John Clarkson

John Clarkson was one of baseball's top pitchers for a decade in the late 1800s. He rose to prominence with the Chicago White Stockings, winning 53 games for the club in 1885. In 1888, he was sold to the Boston Beaneaters for $10,000, and he went on to win 49 games for the team in 1889. He retired in 1894, posting 328 career wins in just a dozen seasons in the majors.

After baseball, Clarkson owned and operated a cigar store in Bay City, Michigan. In 1907, it was reported that he was very prosperous, but had to be placed in a sanitarium in Michigan due to failing health. See [1].

Clarkson came from an athletic family: he was the brother of Walter Clarkson and Dad Clarkson and the cousin of Mert Hackett and Walter Hackett.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • NL Pitcher's Triple Crown (1889)
  • NL ERA Leader (1889)
  • 3-time NL Wins Leader (1885, 1887 & 1889)
  • NL Winning Percentage Leader (1889)
  • 3-time NL Games Pitched Leader (1885, 1887 & 1889)
  • NL Saves Leader (1891)
  • 4-time NL Innings Pitched Leader (1885 & 1887-1889)
  • 3-time NL Strikeouts Leader (1885, 1887 & 1889)
  • 3-time NL Complete Games Leader (1885, 1887 & 1889)
  • 2-time NL Shutouts Leader (1885 & 1889)
  • 20 Wins Seasons: 8 (1885-1892)
  • 30 Wins Seasons: 6 (1885-1889 & 1891)
  • 40 Wins Seasons: 2 (1885 & 1889)
  • 50 Wins Seasons: 1 (1885)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 9 (1885-1893)
  • 300 Innings Pitched Seasons: 8 (1885-1892)
  • 400 Innings Pitched Seasons: 6 (1885-1889 & 1891)
  • 500 Innings Pitched Seasons: 3 (1885, 1887 & 1889)
  • 600 Innings Pitched Seasons: 2 (1885 & 1889)
  • 200 Strikeouts Seasons: 5 (1885-1889)
  • 300 Strikeouts Seasons: 2 (1885 & 1886)
  • Baseball Hall of Fame: Class of 1963

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