Stan Clarke

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Stanley Martin Clarke

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Biographical Information[edit]

Stan Clarke pitched parts of six big league seasons, appearing in exactly 50 games. In addition, he was in the minors for 11 seasons, of which parts of nine were in AAA ball.

Stan was born in Toedo in 1960, the same year contemporary pitcher Roger McDowell was born at the other end of the state in Cincinnati. Stan went to high school and college in Toledo, attending the University of Toledo shortly after Scott Fletcher and Len Matuszek. The university's site says he pitched for the college team from 1979-1981, and was named to the All-World Team at the World Amateur Baseball Tournament. [1] He pitched for Team USA in the 1980 Amateur World Series; they finished 4th.

The first six years of his minor league career were in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, and he came to the majors with them for three brief looks, pitching a total of 24 games between 1983 and 1986. Stan's most substantial big league look came with the Seattle Mariners in 1987, pitching to a 5.91 ERA in 23 innings. From 1988-1991, Stan was in three other organizations, going 12-6 in 26 games with the 1989 Omaha Royals and making his final four big league appearances in '89 (with the Royals) and 1990 with the St. Louis Cardinals.

One blogger puts Stan on his "All Stan Team", including, among others, Stan Musial and Stan Coveleski. The blogger mentions Clarke's first win, June 12, 1983, against the California Angels, when he came on in relief in the 14th inning and got Fred Lynn to hit into a double play. He won the game when Toronto scored three runs in the next inning. [2]

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