John Clarkson

A Chapter from Ghosts in the Gallery at Cooperstown



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About the Book

An irony of enshrinement at the baseball Hall of Fame is that it’s no guarantee of lasting name recognition. The sport’s history stretches too far back, as today fans scratch their heads about athletes and owners who were among the most celebrated public figures of their time. Who was more renowned than George Wright, baseball’s greatest star during the transition from amateur to professional play? Who was more feared than Big Dan Brouthers? Maybe it was Amos Rusie, who threw so hard that some say the rules makers increased the pitching distance just to make things fair. Of the 256 players, managers and executives in the Hall of Fame, the names that are known well—Ty Cobb, Connie Mack, Willie Mays—account for a small minority.

This e-single contains biographical and statistical information on John Clarkson, who enjoyed a remarkable career—and was a remarkable story, as the author discovered. This e-single originally appeared in Ghosts in the Gallery at Cooperstown as Chapter 8.

About the Author(s)

David L. Fleitz is a web developer and database analyst who lives in Troy, Michigan. A longtime SABR member, he has written eight other books on baseball history.

Bibliographic Details

David L. Fleitz
Format: E-Single
Pages: 28
Bibliographic Info: photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2013
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0252-3
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “Fleitz bashes another triple off the wall…clear, elegant, and entertaining biographies…striking…well-researched…a real gem…well-written, well edited”—SABR Deadball Committee Newsletter
  • “Remarkable stories”—Sports Collectors Digest

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