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Allie Clark, former Philadelphia As player, passes away

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  • Allie Clark, former Philadelphia As player, passes away

    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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