split gate, Texarkana and Corsicana played in a ballpark that saw the right-field foul pole reach a distance reported to be anywhere from 140 feet to210 feet from the home plate.Taking the mound for the Casketmakers was a pitcher named DeWitt, whowas either the owner of the Texarkana club or the owner's son, as reportsare sketchy. Nevertheless, DeWitt took the mound in what was to be thegreatest whipping in Texas League history.The star of the day turned out to be catcher Jay Justin Clarke, a 19-year-old Canadian who dark complexion led to his un-politically correctnickname of "Nig." The left-handed swinger found the cozy conditions atthe Ennis ballpark much to his liking, as Clarke enjoyed one of the biggestoffensive days ever in the history of minor league ball.Clarke's outburst included EIGHT home runs in eight at-bats, as thecatcher drove in anywhere from 16 to 20 runs on the day, according tovarious reports. Legend has it that a wealthy cattleman came out of thestands and pressed a $50 bill into Clarke's hand, while the traditionalpassing of the hat which accompanied home runs netted $185 for theyoung slugger that day.
Corsicana's Bill Alexander
and Pendleton each reportedly collected eighthits in the game, while Malarkey and player-manager O'Connor bothscored seven runs. At the end of the titanic struggle that lasted a reportedtwo hours and 10 minutes, Corsicana routed Texarkana, 51-3!While no box scores can accurately determine the validity of the day,former Texas League historian William Ruggles substantiated the claimsin a series of interviews. Clarke confirmed the account, as the day was hisgreatest of his 25-year playing career, which included nine seasons in themajors.Corsicana would proceed to finish the season 86-22, capturing first placeby a whopping 28-1/2 games ahead of the second-place Dallas Griffins.The Oilers established Texas League team records for most runs (51), hits(53), singles (26) and home runs (21) in the drubbing. Clarke's records forhome runs and RBIs still stand as individual marks that will most likelynever be equaled.Though the Corsicana franchise would eventually fold following the 1905season, history was made on June 15, 1902, enabling the Oilers and JayJustin Clarke to live atop the annals in Texas League history.[emphasis added]