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UVI Mourns the Loss of Baseball Legend Horace Clarke

After retiring from the professional sport, he dedicated more than 20 years of his life to The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) joins the Virgin Islands community in mourning the death of baseball legend Horace Clarke, who died last Wednesday at the age of 82. Born in St. Croix, Clarke rose to national prominence as a professional baseball player with the New York Yankees and the San Diego Padres. coaching and mentoring Virgin Islands youth as a baseball specialist with the V.I. Department of Sports, Parks and Recreation. In 2014, UVI awarded Clarke an honorary doctorate for his significant contributions to the sport of baseball and to the youth of the Virgin Islands.

“On behalf of the UVI community, I extend my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Horace Clarke, a man who is dearly loved and revered in the Virgin Islands and recognized by baseball fans across the United States,” said UVI President, Dr. David Hall. “His athletic accomplishments are a shining example of how one can achieve great success through hard work, perseverance and following their dreams,” said Dr. Hall. “In choosing to dedicate the rest of his career instructing and mentoring young Virgin Islanders, Clarke expressed his deep connection and commitment to his community,” remarked Dr. Hall. “We should all be inspired and grateful for his contributions.”

More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI website – - and from this direct link.