Clark Griffith is possibly the only member of the Hall of Fame that could have been inducted both on his merits as a player and as an executive. He began his Major League career in 1891, playing for the American Association St. Louis Browns and Boston Reds. He joined the Chicago Colts/Orphans in 1893 and won better than twenty games six years in a row for the North Siders. He would join the Chicago White Sox as their player/manager in the nascent American League in 1901, winning another 24 games that year and guiding the Sox to the pennant. He would win 237 games over the course of his career. His last full season as a player was in 1903 with the New York Highlanders, whom he also managed. He then went on to a lengthy career as an executive and owner with the Washington Senators, steering the club until he finally retired from the game in the early 1950s.
Clark was a strong proponent of Cuban players, signing 35 of them over the 44 years he ran the Senators.
July 5, 2011