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.