Jack Clements

John J. "Jack" Clements (July 24, 1864 – May 23, 1941) was an American professional baseball player. He played as a catcher in Major League Baseball for 17 seasons. Despite being left-handed, Clements caught 1,073 games, almost four times as many as any other left-handed player in major league history [1] and was the last left-hander to catch on a regular basis.[2] He is credited with being the first catcher to wear a chest protector.[3]

Jack Clements
Born: July 24, 1864
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: May 23, 1941 (aged 76)
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 22, 1884, for the Philadelphia Keystones
Last MLB appearance
October 2, 1900, for the Boston Beaneaters
MLB statistics
Batting average.286
Runs batted in687
As player

As manager

Career highlights and awards
  • First player to catch 1,000 Major League games

Baseball career

Born in Philadelphia, Clements began his major league career in 1884 in the Union Association.[4] He played as a catcher/outfielder for the Philadelphia Keystones until the team folded in August.[5] Clements then went to the National League, signing with the Philadelphia Quakers to finish the year.[4]

Clements spent the next 13 seasons with the Quakers (who became the Phillies in 1890), and became the team's regular catcher in 1888.[4] He also served as a player-manager during part of the 1890 season when manager Harry Wright suffered temporary blindness.[6][7] During the 1890s, he established himself as one of the National League's top hitters, finishing among the top 4 in batting average on 3 occasions.[4] Clements also hit for power, finishing second in the NL with 17 home runs in 1893 and finishing third in the NL with 13 in 1895.[4] Also in 1895, he finished with a .394 batting average, the highest single-season average by a catcher in major league history.[8]

After the 1897 season, Clements was traded to the St. Louis Browns. He played one season for the Browns, during which he became the first player (of either handedness) to catch 1,000 games in his career.[6]

Before the 1899 season, Clements was assigned to the Cleveland Spiders. The move took place after Spiders owners Frank and Stanley Robison purchased the Browns and re-distributed players among the two franchises.[6] Clements appeared in only 4 games for the Spiders before being released.[4]

He played his final Major League season in 1900, playing in 16 games for the Boston Beaneaters.[4]

At the time of his retirement, he held the single-season and career records for home runs by a catcher. Both of his records were broken by Gabby Hartnett in the 1920s; the single-season record fell in 1925, while the career record fell in 1928.[9] Clements is also the only 19th-century baseball player of prominence to retire with more home runs than triples.[6]

He died of an illness in Norristown, Pennsylvania, in 1941, at age 76.[10] He is buried at Arlington Cemetery in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania.[11]

In his Historical Baseball Abstract, Bill James ranked Clements as the 58th greatest catcher in baseball history.[3]

See also


  1. ^ Rosciam, Chuck. "Encyclopedia of Baseball Catchers – Left-Handed Throwing Catchers". Retrieved 2007-05-10.
  2. ^ Walsh, John (2006-04-06). "Top 10 Left-Handed Catchers for 2006". The Hardball Times. Retrieved 2007-05-05.
  3. ^ a b James, Bill (2001). The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract. Free Press. p. 408. ISBN 0-684-80697-5.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Jack Clements statistics". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2007-05-05.
  5. ^ Charlton, James. "The Chronology - 1884". BaseballLibrary.com. Archived from the original on 2007-10-17. Retrieved 2007-06-24.
  6. ^ a b c d Charlton, James. "Jack Clements from the Chronology". BaseballLibrary.com. Retrieved 2007-05-05.
  7. ^ "Phillies All-Time Managers". MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2007-06-25.
  8. ^ Shiffert, John (2006-10-10). "An MVP case for Ryan Howard". Scout.com. Retrieved 2007-05-05.
  9. ^ "SABR-Zine – Record for Most Home Runs by a Catcher: Historic Overview". Society for American Baseball Research. 2004-05-10. Retrieved 2007-05-05.
  10. ^ "Jack Clements' obit". New York Times. 1941-05-24. Archived from the original on 2006-11-12. Retrieved 2007-05-05.
  11. ^ "John J. "Jack" Clements (1864–1941) - Find A Grave Memorial". Find a Grave.com. 2002-09-20. Retrieved 2007-09-07.

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1885 Philadelphia Quakers season

The 1885 Philadelphia Quakers season was a season in American baseball. The team finished with a record of 56–54, a distant third place in the National League, 30 games behind the Chicago White Stockings.

1886 Philadelphia Quakers season

The 1886 Philadelphia Quakers season was a season in American baseball. The team finished in fourth place in the National League with a record of 71–43, 14 games behind the Chicago White Stockings.

1892 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1892 Philadelphia Phillies season was a season in American baseball. The team finished with an overall record of 87–66, fourth-best in the National League. They finished in third place in the first half of the season, and in fifth place in the second half.

1894 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1894 Philadelphia Phillies season was a season in American baseball. The team finished in fourth place in the National League with a record of 71–57, 18 games behind the Baltimore Orioles. In August, the Phillies scored 312 runs, which still stands as the record in Major League Baseball for runs scored in a single month. Four of the team's outfielders hit over .400: Hall of Famers Sam Thompson, Ed Delehanty, and Billy Hamilton, plus reserve Tuck Turner.

1899 Cleveland Spiders season

The 1899 Cleveland Spiders season was the team's 13th and final season in Major League Baseball, and their 11th season in the National League.

In 1899, the owners of the Spiders, the Robison brothers, Frank and Stanley, bought the St. Louis Browns baseball club from Chris von der Ahe, renaming it the Perfectos. However, they continued to retain ownership of the Cleveland club, an obvious conflict of interest that was later outlawed.

Stanley Robison publicly announced his intention to run the Spiders "as a sideshow", and fans apparently took him at his word. After the first 16 home games, Cleveland's total attendance was 3,179 for a trifling average of 199 people per game. As a result, other NL teams refused to travel to Cleveland's League Park, as their cut of the ticket revenue would not come close to covering their travel and hotel expenses. The Spiders only played 26 more home games for the rest of the season, including only eight after July 1. In so doing, they set a number of negative records, including one, 101 road losses, that is unbreakable under MLB's current schedule. Sportswriters of the day began referring to the team as the "Exiles" and "Wanderers." Their final record for the season was 20–134 for a win ratio of .130, still the worst in Major League Baseball history.

Charlie Ganzel

Charles William "Charlie" Ganzel (June 18, 1862 – April 7, 1914) was an American professional baseball player from 1884 to 1897. He played 14 seasons in Major League Baseball, principally as a catcher, for four major league clubs. His most extensive playing time came with the Detroit Wolverines (209 games, 1886–1888) and Boston Beaneaters (536 games, 1889–1897). He was a member of five teams that won National League pennants, one in Detroit (1887) and four in Boston (1891–93, 1897).

A right-handed batter and thrower, Ganzel appeared in 786 major league games, 579 as a catcher, 120 as an infielder and 100 as an outfielder. He compiled a .259 batting average with 774 hits and 412 RBIs. His total of 229 career errors as catcher is the 30th highest in major league history, and his total of 180 passed balls ranks 53rd.

Chris Pelcer

Chris Pelcer is an Australian musician, songwriter, arranger, and record producer, currently living in Nashville, Tennessee, United States.

He was born in Sydney, Australia, and grew up in Moruya, on the south coast of New South Wales. After high school, he returned to Sydney to pursue a career in music. He was signed to EMI/Castle Music Publishing and WEA (Warner Bros. Records) as a recording artist, and released his debut album Can't Find Reverse. He wrote the theme song to the award-winning Australian television series Simon Townsend's Wonderworld, which remained the theme for the duration of the series. He wrote for many international artists before deciding to relocate to Los Angeles, California.

He has written songs for Peter Cetera, Van Zant, Edyta Gorniak, Yanni, Leslie Mills, House of Lords, Sandra McCracken, B.J. Thomas, Kari Kimmel, Robin Beck, Tony Vincent, Kesha, Rare Blend, Emmanuel, and Ray Parker, Jr.. Has also toured with country artist Eddie Arnold, and written for and recorded with producers including Peter Collins, Cowboy Jack Clements, Spencer Lee, Roy Thomas Baker, Keith Olsen, Yanni, Ric Wake, Ray Parker Jr, Wei Chen.

Pelcer now lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and continues to write and produce for artists along with writing/producing songs for film and television, many with long-time collaborator Leslie Mills. His film and television credits include Coyote Ugly, What a Girl Wants, White Oleander, Shall We Dance, My Best Friend's Girl, Barbie and the Three Musketeers, Just My Luck, Las Vegas, Everything You Want, MyScene Goes Hollywood, Barbie of Swan Lake, Gray Matters and more.

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Chris is also known for his arrangements and musicianship as a guitar player, bass, keyboards, vocals and programming. He has arranged strings for artists such as Rod Stewart and Paul Carrack. He has programmed, engineered, and played on many artist's recordings. In 2010, Chris co-wrote the music for the iPhone and iPad application called Drums Challenge Charlie Morgan, released by Musigames.

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John Clements

John Clements may refer to:

John Clements (actor) (1910–1988), English actor and producer

John Clements (politician) (1819–1884), Australian politician

John James Clements (1872–1937), South African Victoria Cross recipient

John Clements (GC) (1953–1976), George Cross recipient

John Clements (footballer) (1867–?), English footballer

John R. Clements (1868–1946), president of Davis College

John Allen Clements, American physician

John Clements, American director of the Association for Renaissance Martial Arts

Jack Clements (1864–1941), baseball player

Just Good Ol' Boys (album)

Just Good Ol' Boys is the first album by country music duo Moe Bandy and Joe Stampley, released in 1979 on the Columbia label recorded at the CBS Recording Studios, Nashville, Tennessee and Jack Clements Recording Studio, Tennessee.

One of a Kind (Moe Bandy album)

One of a Kind is the 12th album by country singer Moe Bandy, released in 1982 on the Columbia label recorded at Jack Clements Studio and CBS Recording Studio, Nashville, Tennessee.

Philadelphia Keystones

The Philadelphia Keystones (also known as the Keystone Club of Philadelphia) were a professional baseball franchise. In 1884, they were a member of the short-lived Union Association. The team was owned by former player Tom Pratt.The Keystones were managed by catcher Fergy Malone and finished in eighth place in the 12 team league with a 21-46 record. Their top-hitting regular was left fielder/infielder Buster Hoover, who batted .364 with a slugging percentage of .495, and their best pitcher was Jersey Bakely, who was 14-25 with an ERA of 4.47. Their home games were played at Keystone Park. Jack Clements, who played for 17 seasons and was the last (and virtually the only) left-handed catcher in major-league history, made his big-league debut with the Keystones.

Like several other teams in the Union Association, the Keystones did not make it through the entire season, folding after the game of August 7. The entire league ceased operations after 1884, its first and only season.


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