Wednesday, February 11, 2015

MISSING IN ACTION- 1975 HORACE CLARKE

Here's a "missing" 1975 Topps card for longtime New York Yankees second baseman Horace Clarke, who wrapped up his career in 1974 with 42 games for San Diego:


That half season with the Padres was the only time Clarke played for anyone other than the Yankees in his ten-year career, spanning 1965 to 1974.
Playing during those post-dynasty Yankees "dark days", Clarke endured some lean years in the Bronx with guys like Bobby Murcer, Mel Stottlemyre and Joe Pepitone.
A "typical" middle infielder of the era, Clarke was a nice-fielding/light-hitting player who had some nice years for the Yanks.
Between 1967 and 1973 Clarke was the Yankees full-time second baseman, topping 600 plate appearances each and every year.
His average hovered around the .250 mark, with a high of .285 in 1969 when he had perhaps his best season as a Major League player: 183 hits, 82 runs, 33 stolen bases and seven triples.
He retired after 1974 with a lifetime .256 average, with 1230 hits, 548 runs, 304 runs batted in and 151 stolen bases.
Oddly the man never won a Gold Glove even though he topped the American League in putouts four times, double-plays turned twice, fielding once and assists six times.
Just one of those decent guys that got lost in the Bronx before the "Bronx Zoo" and a guy named Steinbrenner rolled in a short time later.

3 comments:

  1. Horace Clarke went to the Padres? Who knew? Cool.

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  2. Nice card. Love the ground crew pulling the tarp behind him. Early card memory was having his 1971 card. The E at the end of his name always threw me as a kid. Didnt know if it was silent or not. Lol.

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