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Horace Clarke Was Better Than New York Yankees’ Fans and the “Experts” Thought

was a fine player who is almost always overlooked when discussing Yankees second baseman. Horace Clarke was a sure-handed defensive player that first played shortstop before he took over as the Yankees' regular second baseman.

Clarke set a league record by leading second basemen in assists for six consecutive seasons and in putouts for four consecutive seasons.

A durable switch-hitter with good speed, he appeared in at least 143 games every season from 1967-1973 and twice led the American League in at-bats.

In his first full season, he batted 36 points above the league average, and in 1969, at the age of 29, he he hit .285 with 53 walks, only 41 strikeouts and 33 stolen bases.

Imagine what slick fielding 29-year-old second ...

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