|Born:May 16, 1902|
St. Joseph, Louisiana
|Died: March 4, 1972 69) (aged|
|May 28, 1924, for the Cleveland Indians|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 9, 1937, for the Brooklyn Dodgers|
|Earned run average||3.66|
William Watson Clark (May 16, 1902 – March 4, 1972) born in St. Joseph, Louisiana, was a baseball pitcher for the Cleveland Indians (1924), Brooklyn Robins/Dodgers (1927–33 and 1934–37) and New York Giants (1933–34).
St. Joseph, often called St. Joe, is a town in and the parish seat of rural Tensas Parish in northeastern Louisiana, United States, in the delta of the Mississippi River. The population was 1,340 at the 2000 census, which declined by 12.2 percent to 1,176 in 2010. The town had an African-American majority of 77.4 percent in 2010.
The Cleveland Indians are an American professional baseball team based in Cleveland, Ohio that competes in Major League Baseball's American League Central division. Since 1994, they have played at Progressive Field. The team's spring training facility is at Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Arizona. Since their establishment as a major league franchise in 1901, the team has won 10 Central Division titles, six American League pennants and two World Series championships, in 1920 and 1948. The team's current World Series championship drought is the longest active among all 30 current Major League teams.
He finished 20th in voting for the 1931 National League MVP for having a 14–10 win–loss record, 34 games (28 started), 16 complete games, 3 shutouts, 2 games finished, 1 save, 233⅓ innings pitched, 243 hits allowed, 86 runs allowed, 83 earned runs allowed, 4 home runs allowed, 52 walks, 96 strikeouts, 1 hit batsman, 3 wild pitches, 981 batters faced, 1 balk, 3.20 ERA and 1.264 WHIP. He led the National League in walks/9 IP in 1930 (1.71) and 1935 (1.22), innings in 1929 (279), games started in 1929 (36) and 1932 (36), hits allowed in 1929 (295), losses in 1929 (19) and batters faced in 1929 (1,189). He ranks 81st on the Major League Baseball career walks/9 IP list (1.97). He also holds the Dodgers single season record for walks/9 IP (1.22 in 1935).
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In 12 seasons, he had a 111–97 win–loss record, 355 games (206 started), 91 complete games, 14 shutouts, 84 games finished, 16 saves, 1,747⅓ innings pitched, 1,897 hits allowed, 836 runs allowed, 711 earned runs allowed, 86 home runs allowed, 383 walks allowed, 643 strikeouts, 17 hit batsmen, 21 wild pitches, 7,442 batters faced, 2 balks, 3.66 ERA and 1.305 WHIP.
He died at the age of sixty-nine in Clearwater, Florida.
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