Boileryard Clarke

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William Jones Clarke

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Weight 170 lb.

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Catcher Bill "Boileryard" Clarke played for the two great teams of the 1890s, the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Beaneaters. Later, he played in the first year of the new American League and finished his career on the 1905 World Series champion 1905 New York Giants. He was also a fill-in umpire in four National League games between 1893 and 1896.

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Clarke said he was nicknamed "Boileryard" because he had a big voice you could hear all over the diamond. Although born in New York City, he moved as a child to New Mexico in the days before it was a state. He studied civil engineering and then broke into professional baseball in 1889.

Clarke was the head coach at Princeton University in 1900-1917, 1919-1927, and 1936-1944. The school has played at Clarke Field since 1965. He was the coach at Princeton when Moe Berg played there.

He also managed several minor league teams, in Allentown, Toledo, and Albany.

One source: Clarke's New York Times obituary Bill Clarke

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