Ed Clark

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Edmund C. Clark

  • Bats Unknown, Throws Unknown

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Biographical Information[edit]

Ed Clark pitched one game in the American Association for the 1886 Athletics. Many sources credit him with a game for the Columbus Solons in 1891, but it belongs to Dad Clarke.

Ed was likely born in Cincinnati, circa 1863. After his playing career, he led a storied life to say the least. Around 1892, he abandoned his home, where he had a wife and two sons, and disappeared for a while (his wife, Maggie Goodall, even listed herself as a widow). In 1898, he enlisted in the US Army's 18th infantry company and fought in the Spanish-American War in the Philippines. He returned to the USA three years later, finding work as the foreman of a mule transport team in South Africa. There, he tried to join the rebel Boer army but was denounced by a co-worker and ended up in a British prison. He escaped, made his way back to the US, and briefly served as an umpire in the Southern League and the Virginia-North Carolina League, also managing in the Southern League. He continued to make regular trips to South Africa to work as a muleteer in the offseason. The last ascertained trace of him is found in San Antonio in 1908, where he was running a saloon. US Army records indicate he died in 1927 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


  • "Ed Clark", in Bill Carle, ed.: Biographical Research Committee Report, SABR, March/April 2007, p. 3.
  • "Ed Clark Found", in Bill Carle, ed.: Biographical Research Committee Report, SABR, January/February 2009, p. 1.

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