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Full Name: John Gibson Clarkson Primary Position: P
Height/Weight: 5' 10"/155 First Game: May 2, 1882
Birthdate: July 1, 1861 Final Game: July 12, 1894
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts MLB Experience: 12 years
Died: February 4, 1909
Deathplace: Belmont, Massachusetts
Bat/Throw: Right/Right
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Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1963


Biography

Born on July 1, 1861 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, John Clarkson (John Gibson Clarkson) played for the Worcester Ruby Legs, Chicago White Stockings, Boston Beaneaters and Cleveland Spiders over the course of his 12 year career. Clarkson broke into the bigs on May 2, 1882 with the Worcester Ruby Legs, and put up a 2.14 ERA in 118 innings pitched in 1884, his rookie year.

Most people believe that John Clarkson's best season was 1885, when he posted a 1.85 ERA, won 53 games and struck out 308 batters.

Statistics

Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS W L ERA K R ER CG SHO SV IP H HR BB IB WP HBP
1882 WOR N 3 3 1 2 4.50 3 31 12 2 0 0 24 49 0 2 0 3 0
1884 CHI N 14 13 10 3 2.14 102 64 28 12 0 0 118 94 10 25 0 7 0
1885 CHI N 70 70 53 16 1.85 308 255 128 68 10 0 623 497 21 97 0 14 0
1886 CHI N 55 55 36 17 2.41 313 248 125 50 3 0 466.2 419 20 86 0 17 0
1887 CHI N 60 59 38 21 3.08 237 283 179 56 2 0 523 513 20 92 0 25 8
1888 BOS N 54 54 33 20 2.76 223 239 148 53 3 0 483.1 448 17 119 0 33 10
1889 BOS N 73 72 49 19 2.73 284 280 188 68 8 1 620 589 16 203 0 16 17
1890 BOS N 44 44 26 18 3.27 138 186 139 43 2 0 383 370 14 140 0 21 0
1891 BOS N 55 51 33 19 2.79 141 244 143 47 3 3 460.2 435 18 154 0 14 0
1892 CLE N 29 28 17 10 2.55 91 132 69 27 1 1 243.1 235 4 72 0 4 0
1892 BOS N 16 16 8 6 2.35 48 65 38 15 4 0 145.2 115 4 60 0 5 0
1892 TOT N 45 44 25 16 2.48 139 197 107 42 5 1 389 350 8 132 0 9 0
1893 CLE N 36 35 16 17 4.45 62 240 146 31 0 0 295 358 11 95 0 15 0
1894 CLE N 22 18 8 10 4.42 28 109 74 13 1 0 150.2 173 6 46 0 8 0
Total 531 518 328 178 2.81 1978 2376 1417 485 37 5 4536.1 4295 161 1191 0 182 35

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1882 WOR N P 3 0 0 1 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .875
1882 WOR N 1B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1884 CHI N P 14 0 0 6 38 11 5 0 0 0 0 0 .800
1884 CHI N 1B 1 0 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500
1884 CHI N OF 8 0 0 5 5 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 .714
1884 CHI N 3B 2 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500
1885 CHI N 3B 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1885 CHI N P 70 0 0 26 174 20 8 0 0 0 0 0 .909
1885 CHI N OF 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1886 CHI N P 55 0 0 19 114 19 3 0 0 0 0 0 .875
1886 CHI N OF 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1887 CHI N P 60 0 0 34 125 7 5 0 0 0 0 0 .958
1887 CHI N OF 5 0 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .833
1888 BOS N OF 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333
1888 BOS N P 54 0 0 22 117 19 3 0 0 0 0 0 .880
1889 BOS N OF 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1889 BOS N 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1889 BOS N P 73 0 0 36 172 27 8 0 0 0 0 0 .885
1890 BOS N OF 1 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250
1890 BOS N P 44 0 0 21 72 14 3 0 0 0 0 0 .869
1891 BOS N P 55 0 0 27 114 13 2 0 0 0 0 0 .916
1891 BOS N OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1892 CLE N P 29 0 0 9 51 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 .857
1892 BOS N P 16 0 0 2 36 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 .884
1892 TOT N P 45 0 0 11 87 15 4 0 0 0 0 0 .867
1893 CLE N OF 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1893 CLE N P 36 0 0 15 82 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 .933
1894 CLE N P 22 0 0 3 42 9 2 0 0 0 0 0 .833
Total 3B 4 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .600
Total OF 27 0 0 15 5 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 .645
Total 1B 2 0 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500
Total P 531 0 0 221 1143 162 44 0 0 0 0 0 .894

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1882 WOR N 3 11 0 4 0 2 .364 .364 .545 2 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
1884 CHI N 21 84 16 22 3 17 .262 .279 .488 6 2 2 16 0 0 0 0 0
1885 CHI N 72 283 34 61 4 32 .216 .224 .332 11 5 3 44 0 0 0 0 0
1886 CHI N 55 210 21 49 3 23 .233 .233 .329 9 1 0 38 0 0 2 0 0
1887 CHI N 63 215 40 52 6 25 .242 .279 .395 5 5 11 25 0 0 6 0 0
1888 BOS N 55 205 20 40 1 17 .195 .222 .263 9 1 7 48 0 0 5 0 0
1889 BOS N 73 262 36 54 2 23 .206 .238 .286 9 3 11 59 0 0 8 0 0
1890 BOS N 45 173 18 43 2 26 .249 .286 .353 6 3 8 31 1 0 2 0 0
1891 BOS N 55 187 28 42 0 26 .225 .293 .305 7 4 18 50 0 0 2 0 0
1892 CLE N 29 101 8 14 0 4 .139 .202 .139 0 0 8 24 0 0 2 0 0
1892 BOS N 16 57 7 13 1 13 .228 .267 .333 3 0 3 15 0 0 1 0 0
1892 TOT N 45 158 15 27 1 17 .171 .225 .209 3 0 11 39 0 0 3 0 0
1893 CLE N 37 131 18 27 1 17 .206 .230 .305 6 2 4 20 0 0 2 0 0
1894 CLE N 22 55 8 11 1 7 .200 .279 .255 0 0 6 9 0 4 1 0 0
Total 546 1974 254 432 24 232 .219 .250 .319 73 26 81 382 1 4 31 0 0

Transactions

  • Signed as a non-drafted free agent by Worcester Ruby Legs (1882).
  • Released by Worcester Ruby Legs (May, 1882).
  • Sold by Saginaw (Northwestern) to Chicago White Stockings (@August 24, 1884).
  • Sold by Chicago White Stockings to Boston Beaneaters for $10000 (April 3, 1888).
  • Released by Boston Beaneaters (June 30, 1892).
  • Signed by Cleveland Spiders (July 5, 1892).
  • Traded by Cleveland Spiders to Baltimore Orioles in exchange for Tony Mullane (July 13, 1894).

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