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Ken Clark


Date and Place of Birth: December 27, 1912 Detroit, MI
Date and Place of Death:    December 10, 1944 Luxembourg
Baseball Experience: Minor League
Position: Shortstop
Rank: Private First-Class
Military Unit: US Army
Area Served: European Theater of Operations

Kenneth Eugene Clark, the only child of George and Anna Clark, was born on December 27, 1912 in Detroit, Michigan. He was a prominent ballplayer in the sandlot game in Detroit, playing for Glen Gray in the Class A league of the Detroit Baseball Federation. Clark was signed by the Fremont Green Sox of the Class D Ohio State League in 1940, giving up his job as a delivery driver with the Chrysler Corporation at their Jefferson plant to travel to Ohio, despite being 27 years old. He was the team’s opening day shortstop. Hampered by an injury to his right leg that saw him in and out of the line-up during the first couple of weeks of the season, and with no sign of the injury going way, manager Ray Caldwell released Clark on May 24, despite him batting .357 (10-for-28 with 6 runs scored) at the time.

Clark returned to Detroit and didn’t play Organized baseball again. He served with the US Army as a private first-class in Europe and died in a non-combat setting in Luxembourg on December 10, 1944, aged 31. Clark was survived by his father (his mother died January 25, 1943) and wife, Mabel. A memorial service was held at Fort Street Presbyterian Church in Detroit on January 24, 1945. He is buried at Grand Lawn Cemetery in Detroit.














Ohio State D - 28 6 10 - - 0 - .357

Kenneth Eugene Clark

Date Added July 13, 2022

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