Clarke, Fred

Fred Clifford Clarke
Born: October 3, 1872, Winterset, Iowa
Died: August 14, 1960, Winfield, Kansas
Played For: 
Louisville Colonels (1894-1899), Pittsburgh Pirates (1900-1911, 1913-1915)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1945

With 2,678 career hits and 1,602 managerial wins, Fred Clarke excelled both on the field and in the dugout. In his first big league game, he went 5-for-5 on his way to fashioning a career .312 batting average and topping the .300 mark in 11 seasons. In 1903, he led the league in doubles and slugging average while piloting the Pirates to an appearance in the first modern World Series. A full-time player-manager in 16 of his 19 seasons at the helm, Clarke led his clubs to 14 first-place division finishes.

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Did You Know: 
that the 1902 National League champion Pittsburgh Pirates, managed by Fred Clarke, lost just 36 games all season, a modern-era record that has never been bested?
As a player, Clarke's name will go down in history as one of the greatest in the game. In his prime, he was a remarkable batsman.
William Slocum