Dad Clarkson

Dad Clarkson

Born: August 31, 1866(1866-08-31)
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Died: February 5, 1911(1911-02-05) (aged 44)
Somerville, Massachusetts
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
August 20, 1891 for the New York Giants
Last MLB appearance
August 8, 1896 for the Baltimore Orioles
Career statistics
Win–loss record     39-39
Earned run average     4.90
Strikeouts     133

Arthur Hamilton "Dad" Clarkson (August 31, 1866 – February 5, 1911) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball from 1891 to 1896. He played for the New York Giants, Boston Beaneaters, St. Louis Browns, and Baltimore Orioles.


Clarkson was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and starred on the Harvard University baseball team in the 1880s.[1] He started his professional baseball career in 1891 with the New York Giants; however, he didn't pitch much over the next two seasons. In 1893, Clarkson broke out with the St. Louis Browns, going 12-9 with a 3.48 earned run average. He was the only pitcher on the team to have a winning record.[2] Clarkson received more innings of work in 1894 but slumped badly and posted a 6.36 ERA. In 1895, he started off even worse. He was 1-6 with a 7.38 ERA when the Browns traded him to the Orioles in June. Clarkson immediately turned things around in Baltimore. In his 14 remaining starts that season, he pitched 10 complete games and won 12 of 15 decisions.[3] The Orioles won the National League pennant.

The following season, Clarkson was outpitched by the other members of Baltimore's staff, and he played his final major league game on August 8. His career MLB record was 39-39. In 1900, he is recorded as being on a Montana State League roster.[4]

Dad Clarkson had two brothers who also played in Major League Baseball: Hall of Famer John Clarkson and Walter Clarkson.[3] After his baseball days were over, he became a salesman.[5] He died in 1911, at the age of 44.


  1. ^ David L. Fleitz. Ghosts in the Gallery at Cooperstown: Sixteen Little-Known Members of the Hall of Fame (McFarland, 2004), p. 121.
  2. ^ "1893 St. Louis Browns". Retrieved 2010-11-20.
  3. ^ a b "Dad Clarkson Statistics and History". Retrieved 2010-11-20.
  4. ^ "Dad Clarkson Minor League Statistics & History". Retrieved 2010-11-20.
  5. ^ "The Players Speak: Heading Home". Retrieved 2010-11-20.

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