Stan Johnson, despite having a very short major league career (contrary to what the obit says, he played only eight games in the bigs), is a pretty notable player: His only career hit was a home run! Such a feat has only been accomplished 18 times.

Stanley "Lefty" Johnson Passed away on April 17, 2012 in San Francisco at the Irene Swindalls Alzheimer's Residential Care Facility surrounded by loved ones after succumbing to a five-year battle resisting Parkinson's Disease.

Survived by his devoted wife of 51 years, Jacqueline "Ms. Jackie" Miles-Johnson; The cherished father of Stacey Randolph-Johnson, Stanley L. Johnson, Jr. and the adored grandfather of Niah, Giselle and Quincey Johnson; Brother to Barbara Bass-Johnson. Survived by a host of relatives and friends.

Stan was born in Dallas, TX, but reared in San Francisco where he attended Galileo High School, then San Francisco City College and he received the first baseball scholarship offered to an African American at the University of San Francisco. He was initially drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 1957.

He enjoyed a triumphant yet formidable 16-year Major League Baseball career given the times. His Major League debut was in September 18, 1960. He traveled the globe playing baseball in Venezuela, Toronto and in 1969 his career concluded in Japan with the Taiyo Whales.
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Allie Clark finished up his successful big league career with the White Sox. He had only one hit with the team - merely a single.

Jack McKeon will never forget sitting next to the man who started it all, soaking in baseball knowledge on the long train ride from South Amboy to Newark.

Allie Clark was the kind of guy who wouldn’t forget the kids back home, the kind of player who would come by the old ball field alongside Saint Mary’s High School (now Cardinal McCarrick) and invite one to shag flies with the budding pros at Newark’s Ruppert Stadium.

The first star in a baseball powerhouse town no bigger than two square miles, Clark, an outfielder on the World Champion 1947 Yankees, was the patriarch for four more major leaguers from the South Amboy area: McKeon, who managed the Marlins over the Yankees in the 2003 World Series; former Twins player and manager Tom Kelly, who guided Minnesota to two World Series victories (1987, 1991) and former Pirates players Johnny and Eddie O’Brien, the first twins in major league history to play for the same team.

Yesterday, the day Clark passed away at age 88, his guidance and demeanor remained at the forefront among his friends and hometown residents.
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