Fred Clarke “Holding Bat” (HOF) – Brown Hindu (SGC A)


PLAYER: Fred Clarke (HOF)

VARIATION: Holding Bat

TEAM: Pittsburg Pirates

LEAGUE: National

BACK: Brown Hindu (14/39)

GRADE: SGC A – (818) 3959-005



A solid as well as highly presentable example of Pittsburg Pirates Hall Of Fame Outfielder and Manager Fred Clarke. The card features the Brown Hindu advertising reverse (ranked 14 of 39 in terms of scarcity according to T206 Resource). The card has been professionally authenticated by SGC and has been designated as “Authentic or Altered” due to what appears to be a trim across the bottom border of the card. Despite the trim, it is our opinion that in terms of presentation, the card is quite pleasing with a bright image and a clean Brown Hindu reverse.


Fred Clifford Clarke

Born: October 3, 1872 – Winterset, IA

Died: August 14, 1960 – Winfield, KS

Batted: LH

Threw: RH

Position: OF

Career BA: .312

Managerial Record: 1,602–1,181


Louisville Colonels NL (1894–1896; player/manager: 1897–1899)

Pittsburgh Pirates NL (player/manager: 1900–1911, 1913–1915; manager: 1912)

A great player and manager over his long career, Fred Clarke played alongside Honus Wagner and Vic Willis. He batted over .300 on 11 different occasions, and in 1897 batted an outstanding .390. In 1903 Clarke led the league in doubles (32), triples (13), slugging percentage (.532), and on-base plus slugging percentage (.946). He wound up seventh on the all-time triples list, and scored 100-plus runs five times. As manager, he won 1,602 games, led the Pirates to four National League pennants, and won the World Series in 1909. Clarke retired in 1915, but came back as the Pirates’ vice president and assistant manager in 1925 and 1926. Clarke was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1945. He died at age 87 from pneumonia.

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