Walter Clarkson

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Walter Hamilton Clarkson

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Walter Clarkson, who was born and died in Cambridge, MA, attended Harvard from 1898-1903. He made his debut in the majors in 1904 with the New York Highlanders, pitching 78 games exclusively in the American League. His finest season would be 1906, when he was 9-4 with 3 shutouts and a 2.32 ERA in 32 games. He blanked the Cleveland Naps twice that season, finishing his career with parts of two seasons as a spare arm on their staff. Walter's 3.17 ERA places him first among pitchers from Harvard (through 2019), while his 18 victories place him second behind Jeff Musselman. During his career, he was head coach of the United States Military Academy in 1905.

He was born many years after his brothers Dad and John Clarkson, neither of whom was still in the majors when Walter broke in. He is also the cousin of Mert and Walter Hackett.

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