Mel Clark

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Melvin Earl Clark

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Biographical Information[edit]

During World War II from 1944 to 1946, Mel Clark served with the United States Navy and was based on a destroyer in the Pacific. He was assigned to a landing craft and saw action at Iwo Jima, the Phillipines and New Guinea. After his discharge Clark attended Ohio University and signed with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1947.

The Phillies assigned Mel to the class D Appleton Papermakers that same year where he appeared in 41 games and hit .347. 1948 found him with the class D Baton Rouge Red Sticks and again he hit .347, with 191 base hits in 550 at-bats.

By the time the outfielder made it to the majors with the Phillies on September 11, 1951 he had five minor league seasons under his belt. Mel appeared in 10 games before the season was over and hit .323. He followed up with a .335 average as a part-time player in 1952.

His career was set back by a knee injury and by 1955 he was back in the minors. However he did return to the majors briefly with the Detroit Tigers in 1957, closing out with a .277 career average. Clark spent the balance of 1957 with the AAA Charleston Senators, hitting .285 and closed out his pro baseball career in 1958 with the AA Birmingham Barons where he appeared in 140 games and hit for a .295 average.

Mel had spent 12 full seasons in professional baseball, from 1947 through 1958, and along with his major league career batting average of .277, he also produced a .298 average in the minors.

After baseball Clark made his residence in West Columbia, WV, where he was in the insurance business.

Baseball Players of the 1950s
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