Nig Clarke

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Jay Justin Clarke

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 8", Weight 165 lb.

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Biographical information[edit]

Texas League career[edit]

On June 15, 1902, Nig Clarke was playing for Corsicana in the Texas League in a game against Texarkana. Playing away from their normal park to avoid blue laws, Clarke set the record for the most homers in a game in professional baseball. Clarke went 8 for 8 in Ennis Park that day, with each hit being a home run. Corsicana won the game 51-3. However, this fact has been disputed.

Clarke hit more home runs in that single game than in 506 major league games where he hit six career home runs.

According to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, he is "also often credited with introducing shin guards to the catcher’s position in professional baseball". [1] He was inducted into the Canadian Hall of Fame in 1996.

Perfect game[edit]

Clarke's other claim to fame was as the catcher of a perfect game on October 2, 1908 for Addie Joss. It was just the fourth perfect game in major league history.

The Nickname[edit]

In the first half of the 20th Century, before the game was integrated, ball players with a dark complexion were sometimes nicknamed "Nig." [1] [2] In addition to Clarke, the following other major league players bore the nickname: Johnny Beazley (1941-49), Joe Berry (1921-22), Bobby Bragan (1940-48), Nig Cuppy (1892-1901), Nig Fuller (1902), Johnny Grabowski (1923-31), Nig Lipscomb (1937), Charlie Niebergall (1921-24), Nig Perrine (1907), and Frank Smith (1904-15).

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