A’s Lose another Former Player: Allie Clark (1923-2012)
Former A’s player, Alfred Aloysius “Allie” Clark (June 16, 1923 – April 2, 2012) who was a Major leaguer for the NY Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Athletics, and the White Sox passed away last Sunday at the age of 88.
Clark made his debut on August 5, 1947 with the Yankees; he played his final game on June 5, 1953 with the Chicago White Sox. In that final pinch-hitting appearance, he was struck out by Cuban legend, Connie Marrero.
Clark was born and died in South Amboy, NJ. He wore the number 3 for the ’47 Yankees; Cliff Mapes wore that number in 1948 before the Yankees retired it that year in honor of Babe Ruth. Clark also had an RBI single pinch-hitting for Yogi Berra in Game 7 of the 1947 World Series. In 1948, he was traded to the Cleveland Indians and he remains one of the very few players to have played for two different teams that won back-to-back World Series, as the Indians won in 1948.
Clark sandwiched seven years of MLB between 12 years of minor league ball. His baseball career was interrupted in by World War II in 1943. In 1946, while playing with the Newark Bears of the IL, Clark hit .344 finishing second to Jackie Robinson (.349) in the batting race. From 1951 through 1953, Clark played all three outfield positions during a two-plus-year stint with the A’s. He appeared in 147 games for the A’s, batting .252.
In 2000, Clark was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Cardinal McCarrick High School in South Amboy’; the school was known as St,. Mary’s HS while Clark was student there.
After his career ended, he became a mentor in South Amboy. He was the first star in a baseball powerhouse town no bigger than to square miles. He served as mentor to four more major leaguers from the South Amboy area; Jack McKeon, who managed the Marlins over the Yankees in the 2003 World Series; Tom Kelly, former Twins player and manager, who guided Minnesota to two World Series victories (1987, 1991); and former Pirates players, Johnny and Eddie O’Brien, the first twins in MLB history to play for the same team.
Clark was a part-time his whole career. In his best year, 1948, he played in 81 games, batting .310/.364/.443 as he helped the Indians to their last World Series title.
Clark’s death reduces the number of living former Philadelphia A’s players to 32.