Sunday, May 21, 2017

MISSING IN ACTION- "IN-ACTION": HORACE CLARKE

Here’s a “missing” 1972 In-Action card for “Hoss” Horace Clarke, the man from the Virgin Islands who held down the second base position for the New York Yankees during the “dark years” between 1965 and 1974:


Clarke was solid for the Yankees for the bulk of his Major League tenure, though sadly he missed out on the early-60s juggernaut teams and the “Bronx Zoo” Yankees of the late-70’s.
But right in-between he put in a nice career that had him play day in and day out, topping out during the 1969 season when he collected 183 hits while leading the American League in at-bats with 641 and stealing 33 bases along with a very nice .285 batting average.
Of course many will remember that within one month during the 1970 season, Clarke broke up three no-hitters in the ninth inning!
On June 4th he ruined Jim Rooker’s bid for immortality, on June 19th he did the same to Sonny Siebert, and finally on July 2nd he eliminated Joe Niekro’s chance at no-hit fame.
Of his ten years as a Major League player, 9 1/2 were in the Bronx, finishing up with a half-season with the San Diego Padres in 1974 before retiring with a .256 batting average over 1272 games and 4813 at-bats.

3 comments:

  1. Many Yankee fans that can recollect those "dark years" will identify Horace Ckarke as the epitome of that era. As a youngster on our way to family vacations at the "Jersey Shore".( well before the media portrayal), I used to believe he was named after exit 135.... Clark, or vice versa. He probably deserved better as Bobby Richardson's successor as he was the the benchmark for many consecutive years that saw the likes of Pepitone, Whitaker, Cowan, McKinney, Woods, Blefary, Cater, etc.and a host of pitchers come and go.

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  2. Was recently listening to some old Yankee radio broadcasts from 1972-73. The great announcer Bill White loved calling him "Hoss". Didn't detect it much from the Scooter or Frank Messer.

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  3. This is a nice Yankees card from the post-Mantle, pre-'77 World Series Champs era.

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