Born: October 18, 1868|
New York City, New York
Died: July 29, 1959 (aged 90)|
Princeton, New Jersey
|May 1, 1893 for the Baltimore Orioles|
Last MLB appearance
|October 7, 1905 for the New York Giants|
|Runs batted in||429|
Career highlights and awards
William Jones "Boileryard" Clarke (October 18, 1868 – July 29, 1959), was an American Major League Baseball player from New York City who played catcher from 1893 to 1905. He played for the Baltimore Orioles (1893–1898), Boston Beaneaters (1899–1900), Washington Senators (1901–1904), and New York Giants (1905).
He was born on October 18, 1868 in New York City, New York.
Clarke moved to New Mexico in his early childhood and was raised in Indian territory, and studied civil engineering in Santa Fe at Brothers College. He began his professional career in 1889 for a minor league team, and made his debut for the Orioles on May 1, 1893. He claims his nickname, "Boileryard", was given to him because of his voice.
During his major league career, he assisted the Princeton University baseball team as a coach. He was in this capacity from 1897 to 1901. He returned in 1909, approximately four years after his retirement from baseball, and stayed until 1927. He came out of retirement again to be an assistant coach for Princeton in 1934, and in 1936 was named manager of the team, and stayed in the position until 1944, when retired again, this time at the age of 75. Bill Clarke Field, the home of Princeton baseball since 1961, is named for Clarke.
Clarke died in Princeton, New Jersey, at the age of 90, of complications suffered from a broken hip resulting from an accidental fall. He was survived by his wife of 64 years. He is interred at Druid Ridge Cemetery in Pikesville, Maryland, in the Evergreen Section.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Boileryard Clarke's obit at thedeadballera.com
- Boileryard Clarke at Find a Grave