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John Clarkson

John Gibson Clarkson

Positions: Pitcher and Rightfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 155 lb.

Born: July 1, 1861 in Cambridge, MA
Signed
as a Free Agent with the Worcester Ruby Legs in 1882. (All Transactions)
Debut: May 2, 1882 (Age 20)
Rookie Status: Lost 1884 [*]
Teams (by GP): Beaneaters/WhiteStockings/Spiders/RubyLegs 1882-1894

Final Game: July 12, 1894 (Age 33)
Died: February 4, 1909 in Belmont, MA
Buried: Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridge, MA
Inducted into the Hall of Fame by Veteran's Committee as Player in 1963.
   View John Clarkson Page at the Baseball Hall of Fame (plaque, photos, videos).

Relatives: Brother of Dad Clarkson, Brother of Walter Clarkson, Cousin of Mert Hackett and Cousin of Walter Hackett
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Standard Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG G Awards
1882 WOR NL 20 P 3 24.0 8 1 6 1 0 .875 2.62 2.33 .906 2.17 2.17
1882 WOR NL 20 1B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 10.40
1884 CHC NL 22 P 14 118.0 55 6 38 11 5 .800 3.36 3.14 .892 2.29 2.24
1884 CHC NL 22 OF 8 14 5 5 4 1 .714 1.25 .867 1.79 0-0-8
1884 CHC NL 22 3B 2 4 0 2 2 0 .500 1.00 .848 3.15
1884 CHC NL 22 1B 1 6 3 0 3 0 .500 3.00 .962 10.50
1885 CHC NL 23 P 70 623.0 220 26 174 20 8 .909 2.89 2.86 .899 2.43 2.37
1885 CHC NL 23 OF 3 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0.33 .880 1.87 0-0-3
1885 CHC NL 23 3B 1 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.00 .870 3.30
1886 CHC NL 24 P 55 466.2 152 19 114 19 3 .875 2.56 2.42 .915 2.26 2.16
1886 CHC NL 24 OF 5 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0.20 .890 1.76 2-0-3
1887 CHC NL 25 P 60 523.0 166 34 125 7 5 .958 2.74 2.65 .902 2.02 1.96
1887 CHC NL 25 OF 5 6 5 0 1 0 .833 1.00 .883 1.96 1-0-4
1888 BSN NL 26 P 54 483.1 158 22 117 19 3 .880 2.59 2.57 .895 2.36 2.30
1888 BSN NL 26 OF 1 3 1 0 2 0 .333 1.00 .907 1.90 0-0-1
1889 BSN NL 27 P 73 620.0 235 36 172 27 8 .885 3.02 2.85 .905 2.22 2.16
1889 BSN NL 27 OF 2 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0.50 .910 2.00 0-0-0
1889 BSN NL 27 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 3.60
1890 BSN NL 28 P 44 383.0 107 21 72 14 3 .869 2.19 2.11 .898 2.24 2.19
1890 BSN NL 28 OF 1 4 1 0 3 0 .250 1.00 .915 1.90 1-0-0
1891 BSN NL 29 P 55 460.2 154 27 114 13 2 .916 2.75 2.56 .915 2.29 2.25
1891 BSN NL 29 OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.90 0-1-0
1892 TOT NL 30 P 45 389.0 113 11 87 15 4 .867 2.27 2.18 .901 2.48 2.41
1892 BSN NL 30 P 16 145.2 43 2 36 5 3 .884 2.35 2.38 .901 2.48 2.41
1892 CLV NL 30 P 29 243.1 70 9 51 10 1 .857 2.22 2.07 .901 2.48 2.41
1893 CLV NL 31 P 36 295.0 104 15 82 7 1 .933 2.96 2.69 .913 2.50 2.45
1893 CLV NL 31 OF 1 1 0 0 1 0 .000 0.00 .920 2.20 0-0-1
1894 CLV NL 32 P 22 150.2 54 3 42 9 2 .833 2.69 2.05 .912 2.18 2.09
12 Seasons P 531 4536.1 1526 221 1143 162 44 .894 2.71 2.57 .904 2.29 2.23
9 Seasons OF 27 31 15 5 11 1 .645 0.74 .885 1.87 4-1-20
3 Seasons 3B 4 5 0 3 2 0 .600 0.75 .852 3.30
2 Seasons 1B 2 6 3 0 3 0 .500 1.50 .962 10.45
12 Seasons TOT 564 4536.1 1568 239 1151 178 45 .886 2.71 2.46 .904 2.29 2.25 4-1-20
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG G Awards
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1882 WOR NL 20 3 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1884 CHC NL 22 21 21 14 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 8 8 0
1885 CHC NL 23 72 72 70 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 3 0
1886 CHC NL 24 55 55 55 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 5 0
1887 CHC NL 25 63 63 60 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 5 0
1888 BSN NL 26 55 55 54 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
1889 BSN NL 27 73 73 73 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0
1890 BSN NL 28 45 45 44 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0
1891 BSN NL 29 55 55 55 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
1892 CLV NL 30 29 29 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1892 BSN NL 30 16 16 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1893 CLV NL 31 37 37 36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
1894 CLV NL 32 22 22 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 Seasons 546 546 531 0 2 0 4 0 4 1 20 27 0
Appearances table is calculated solely from full RetroSheet play-by-play data available from 1973 on. A combination of RetroSheet (starting with the 1914 season) and non-RetroSheet data is used for other seasons.

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
1936 Veterans ( 6.4%)
1946 Nominating Vote ( 0.5%)
1963 Veterans (inducted)
Selected to HOF in 1963
by Veteran's Committee

Def. Games as P s c a p y
1885 NL  70 (1st)
1886 NL  55 (5th)
1887 NL  60 (1st)
1888 NL  54 (2nd)
1889 NL  73 (1st)
1891 NL  55 (3rd)

Putouts as P s c a p y
1885 NL  26 (3rd)
1887 NL  34 (1st)
1889 NL  36 (1st)
1891 NL  27 (4th)
Career  221 (74th)

Assists as P s c a p y
1885 NL  174 (1st)
1886 NL  114 (1st)
1887 NL  125 (1st)
1888 NL  117 (2nd)
1889 NL  172 (1st)
1891 NL  114 (1st)
Career  1,143 (12th)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1885 NL  20 (1st)
1886 NL  19 (1st)
1888 NL  19 (1st)
1889 NL  27 (1st)
1890 NL  14 (4th)
1891 NL  13 (3rd)
Career  162 (4th)

Range Factor/9Inn as Ps c a p y
1884 NL  3.36 (1st)
1885 NL  2.89 (4th)
1887 NL  2.74 (5th)
1889 NL  3.02 (1st)
1891 NL  2.75 (2nd)
1893 NL  2.96 (4th)
1894 NL  2.69 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as P s c a p y
1884 NL  3.14 (1st)
1885 NL  2.86 (4th)
1886 NL  2.42 (5th)
1887 NL  2.65 (5th)
1889 NL  2.85 (1st)
1891 NL  2.56 (1st)
1893 NL  2.69 (2nd)
Career  2.57 (36th)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1887 NL  .958 (3rd)

Youngest s c a p y
1882 NL  born 1861-07-01 (4th)

                           

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Name and misspellings: John Gibson james jim jimmy John jon carkson Clarkson

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