John Clarkson, 1887

In 1888 John Clarkson of Chicago was sold to Boston for the same sum as King Kelly had been one year earlier, thus providing Boston with its famous “$20,000 Battery.” The winner of fifty-three games with Chicago in 1885, he would win forty-nine with Boston, so there was no doubt of his ability, yet he was always unsure of himself and hypersensitive to slights. He ended his years at age forty-seven in a variety of sanitariums and asylums, depressed, alcoholic, and disoriented. As Sporting Life noted at the time of his death, “He seemed to have no memory at all for things of today, but talked clearly and lucidly of matters connected with the past.” 

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