FORGOTTEN PLAYERS:PART TWO
Anybody can throw a runner out stealing ..I like to pick em off first base while theyre hanging around down there counting their money Nig Clarke
When Nig Clarke died in 1941 it was duly noted that he had been an average ballplayer who hadnt really made waves while playing Major League ball.
but that was in the Majors! While in the Minors though
he accomplished something that has never been equaled since. His claim
to fame is ranked as the second greatest feat in the history of the Minors.
The first being Ron Neccais perfect game
in which he struck out every batter he faced
..27 men went down
that day. Nig Clarke, on June 15th 1902, while playing with Corsicana
of the Texas League and not known as a power hitter, smacked eight homeruns
in a 51 to 3 rout as Corsicana destroyed Texarkana. All in all
those days when everyone playing in the game was pretty much from
In the majors he did have some moments in baseball history. He caught the fourth perfect game (Addie Joss). He is credited for championing the use of shin guards for catchers (the creation of Roger Peckinpaugh).
He was born John Justin Clarke. Where did the NIG come from? Well, it was a different time then, and since he was dark complected and had a swarthy looking face
Perhaps he would have lasted longer in the Majors but constant arm problems cut his career to a total of 506 games. He was known as a fine defensive catcher and when healthy a threat to runners on base.
of the injuries he was traded quite often. The
Hi lifetime statistics in the Major Leagues include a batting average of ..254, six homeruns, and a paltry 127 runs batted in .but so what ..how many people can claim they hit eight homeruns in one game?