Loney Clark

Loney Clark, born October 12th, 1895 in Argenta, AR1 2 , was a Negro league baseball player from about 1916-1923.

Clark appears to have been raised in Argenta, AR,3 but his parentage is somewhat unclear.4 As a young man during World War I, Clark served in the military.5 He was stationed at nearby Camp Pike,6 and served in the 162nd Depot Brigade.

Clark may have played with Camden, AR in the 1916 South African League.7 The following year, he joined the played with Arkansas Giants of Hot Springs, AR. Later that season, the Giants combined with the Longview, TX team and toured as the Texas All-Stars. In seven documented games with the All-Stars, Clark went 5 for 25 with 1 homerun. He may also have played with the Little Rock Quapaws in 1919,8 the Little Rock Blue Devils in 19209 and the Little Rock A.B.C.'s in 1922.10 In 1923, he tried out with the Dallas Black Steers.11

Clark died on March 29th, 1937 in Little Rock, AR,12 and was buried in Little Rock National Cemetery.13 14


"Negro Dies. –Lonnie Clark, Negro, 41, died at City hospital Monday. Funeral services will be held at the Dubisson & Co. chapel at 1 p. m. today. Burial will be in the National cemetery."15


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Statistics at Baseball-Reference.com.
1 Clark's World War I Draft Card, which lists his as employed in Longview, TX, as a "Ball Player."
2 Dubisson Funeral Home Death Records give Clark's birthday as October 7th, 1896.
3 Clark's World War I draft card gives his address as 220 Beech St. in Argenta. In the 1910 U.S. Census, a Lonnie Clark appears living with Henry and Ida Bradford at 204 Beech St. in Argenta. The similarities in name and address suggests that the two individuals are analogous. In the earlier 1900 U.S. Census, the same family appears at a different address in Argenta
4 In the 1900 U.S. Census, Loney appears with Ida Clark living in the household of Henry Bradford. Ida is listed as Henry's cousin and Loney as his second cousin. In the 1910 U.S. Census, Ida and Henry are listed as husband and wife and Loney is listed as a stepson. It appears then that Ida is Loney mother. His father is unknown.
11 Dallas Express, 4/14/1923; masthead errantly says 1922.
12 Arkansas Gazette, 4/1/1937
14 Dubisson Funeral Home Death Record Index (Volume 1: 1925-1945). (Print publication).
15 Arkansas Gazette, 4/1/1937