Earl Harry "Dutch" Clark (October 11, 1906 – August 5, 1978), sometimes also known as the "Flying Dutchman" and the "Old Master", was an American football player and coach, basketball player and coach, and university athletic director. He gained his greatest acclaim as a football player and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame with its inaugural class in 1951 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame with its inaugural class in 1963. He was also named in 1969 to the NFL 1930s All-Decade Team and was the first player to have his jersey (No. 7) retired by the Detroit Lions.
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|Died:||August 5, 1978 (aged 71)|
Cañon City, Colorado
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Born in Colorado, Clark attended Colorado College where he played football, basketball, and baseball, and also competed in track and field. During the 1928 football season, he rushed for 1,349 yards, scored 103 points, and became the first player from Colorado to receive first-team All-American honors. After graduating in 1930, he remained at Colorado College as the head basketball coach and assistant football coach.
Clark played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) with the Portsmouth Spartans / Detroit Lions from 1931–1938. He was selected as the first-team All-Pro quarterback six times, was named by the United Press (UP) as the best player in the NFL in both 1935 and 1936, led the Lions to the 1935 NFL championship, and led the NFL in total offense in 1934 and scoring in 1932, 1935, and 1936. In his final two seasons with the Lions, he also served as the team's head coach. In 1940, he was selected by the Associated Press (AP) as the outstanding football player of the 1930s.
Clark was the head coach at the Colorado School of Mines (1933) and with the Cleveland Rams (NFL, 1939–1942) and Seattle Bombers (American Football League, 1944), an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Dons (All-America Football Conference, 1949) and University of Detroit Titans (1950), and head coach and athletic director for the University of Detroit (1951–1953).
Clark was born in the town of Fowler in Otero County, Colorado, in 1906. He was the son of Harry J. Clark (1874–1924), a Michigan native, and Mary Etta (Lackey) Clark (1876–1969), a North Carolina native. Clark had an older sister, Mabel May (1899–1990), two older brothers, Carl (1901–1927) and Fred (1903–1942), and a younger sister, Pearl (1919–2003). As of 1910, the family lived in La Junta, Otero County, where the father was a farmer. In 1917, when Dutch was 10 years old, the family moved approximately 60 miles to the west to Pueblo, where the father was employed as a locomotive fireman on a steam railroad.
Clark attended Pueblo's Central High School. As a sophomore in the 1923-24 academic year, he was a member of the football team, captain of the basketball team, and was voted the most popular man in the school.
As a junior during the 1924-1925 academic year, Clark was voted as the class president. He was also regarded as "the best all-around athlete in the state." Playing at fullback for the football team, he helped Central win the 1924 South Central League championship and was named to the all-state team. He was named captain of the basketball team for the second consecutive year, played at the center position, and was selected as an all-conference player.
According to an account published in 1980, Clark earned all-state honors in football and basketball and set South Central League track & field records in the discus and high hurdles. Baseball was his "weak" sport, on account of impaired vision in his left eye. He earned 16 letters at Central High and graduated in 1926.
In the fall of 1926, Clark enrolled at the Colorado College in Colorado Springs. He played football for four years and was team captain as a senior. He also played basketball for four years and was team captain as both a junior and a senior. He also competed in track all four years and in baseball as a senior.
During the 1928 season, Clark averaged 10 yards every time he carried the ball. He rushed for 1,349 yards on 135 carries and scored 103 of the team's 203 points. At the end of the 1928 season, he was selected by the Associated Press as the first-team quarterback on the 1928 College Football All-America Team. He was the first All-American football player from any of Colorado's colleges and universities.
Clark graduated from Colorado College in June 1930 with a bachelor of arts degree in biology. After graduating, Clark remained at Colorado College during the 1930–1931 academic year as an assistant football coach and head basketball coach.
NFL playing careerEdit
In May 1931, Clark was granted a leave of absence from his coaching responsibilities at Colorado College to allow him to play for the Portsmouth Spartans in the National Football League (NFL), with the understanding that he would return to coach the school's basketball team when the Spartans' season was over. The Spartans compiled an 11–3 record in 1931, good for second place in the NFL. Clark appeared in 11 games and was the team's leading scorer with 60 points on nine touchdowns and six extra points. He ranked third in the NFL in scoring and was selected as the first-team All-Pro quarterback. Clark was actually the leading scorer in the NFL when he secured permission to leave the team early to resume his coaching responsibilities with the Colorado College basketball team.
Clark returned to the Spartans in the fall of 1932 and led the team to a 6–2–4 record and third place in the NFL. Clark led the NFL with 581 rushing yards; he also led the league with 55 points scored, 10 extra points, and three field goals. For the second consecutive year, he was selected as the first-team All-Pro quarterback. In December 1932, United Press sportswriter George Kirksey rated Clark as the greatest football player of the past 10 years.
Despite his success during the 1931 and 1932 NFL seasons, Clark returned to Colorado College as the school's head basketball coach at the end of the 1932 season. Then, in March 1933, he surprised followers of the professional game by announcing that he would not return to the NFL in 1933, having elected instead to serve as the head football coach for the Colorado School of Mines.
Clark was the quarterback for the 1934 Detroit Lions team that compiled a 10–3 record and finished in second place in the NFL West behind the undefeated Chicago Bears. Clark led the NFL in 1934 with 1,146 yards of total offense and eight rushing touchdowns and ranked among the leaders with 73 points scored (second), 763 rushing yards (third), and 383 passing yards (fourth). At the end of the 1934 season, Clark was selected as the first-team All-Pro quarterback for the third time in three years playing in the NFL.
In August 1935, Clark was selected by his Detroit teammates as the team captain without a dissenting vote. As quarterback and captain, Clark led the 1935 Detroit Lions to the NFL championship. Clark led the NFL with 55 points scored and 16 extra points. Clark later cited the Lions' 13–0 victory over the Bears on Thanksgiving Day as his most memorable game. In that game, Clark scored both Detroit touchdowns, the first on a pass from Bill Shepherd and the second when he rolled out on a flanker play and took a lateral pass 21 yards into the end zone. In the 1935 NFL Championship Game, Clark had "a sensational 42-yard dash" for a touchdown in the second quarter, as the Lions defeated the New York Giants, 26–7.
On January 1, 1936, Clark led the Lions to a 33–0 victory over an all-star team in the first professional football game played in Denver. Clark scored two touchdowns in the game, including a 52-yard touchdown run.
After the 1935 season, Clark was again selected as the first-team All Pro quarterback; the United Press also selected him as the best player in the NFL, calling him the "keenest football strategist", the "most dangerous one-man threat", "a fine drop-kicker and a deadly tackler." The Los Angeles Times noted that Clark "has been acclaimed as the greatest back in the history of the game." Another writer said he had "the nimblest legs in football" and called him the modern back who comes "nearest to perfection"." Red Grange called Clark "the hardest man in football to tackle" and noted: "His change of pace fools the best tacklers." Lions' head coach Potsy Clark cited intelligence and leadership as the factors that separated Clark from others:
For one thing he knows what plays to call. He is one of the most intelligent men who ever played football. He knows the game thoroughly. He rarely makes a mistake. But his main asset is ability to gain the confidence of players. He makes them absolutely believe in him. They never question any play he calls, they regard him as infallible. This confidence is not misplaced. I have never known 'Dutch' to criticize any player. Any time a play goes wrong he takes the entire blame, regardless of who is responsible."
In February 1936, Clark announced that, despite the successful 1935 season, he might quit professional football. He noted that time had slowed him, and he preferred pursuing a business career in his hometown of Pueblo, Colorado. He took a job as the general manager of the Colorado State Fair, but wrote to the Lions in June advising that he had been granted a leave of absence to rejoin the club in August, with time to prepare for the Chicago College All-Star Game set for September 1.
During the 1936 NFL season, Clark led the Lions to an 8–4 record, third-best in the NFL. For the third time in his career, Clark led the NFL in scoring with 73 points, Clark's tally coming on seven touchdowns, 19 extra points, and four field goals. He ranked second in the league with 1,095 yards of total offense. He also ranked among the NFL's leaders with 628 rushing yards (third) and 467 passing yards (sixth). For the fifth time in five years of NFL play, he was selected as the first-team All-Pro quarterback. The United Press also selected Clark as the most valuable player in the NFL, citing his talents as "the smartest quarterback in football" and his multiple talents as ball carrier, passer, drop-kicker, and defensive player.
At the end of the 1936 season, Clark announced that he intended to pursue a coaching position for the 1937 season. Three weeks after Clark's announcement, the Lions' head coach Potsy Clark resigned to accept the head coaching job with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Dutch Clark was signed the next day as the Lions' head coach, adding coaching duties to his pre-existing duties as player and team captain.
During the 1937 season, Clark finished among the NFL leaders with five rushing touchdowns (first), 4.9 yards per rushing attempt (second), 468 rushing yards (fourth), and 45 points scored (fourth). For the Lions' 1937 Thanksgiving Day game against the Bears, the team held a "Dutch Clark Day". Before a capacity crowd of 26,000, the Lions presented Clark with an automobile, and his wife received a platinum wristwatch set with diamonds. After the game, a punishing loss, Clark announced his retirement as a player, saying: "I'm too old. Look how long it takes me to get undressed." Tod Rockwell of the Detroit Free Press wrote that, as Clark announced his retirement, he was "bruised from head to foot", his left hand was "swollen double its normal size", there were "welts on his legs, a lump over one eye, and a belt on the mouth had split open his lips in several places."
After the 1937 season, Clark was named the first-team All-Pro quarterback for the sixth time. In polling of 27 sports editors in NFL cities, Clark led all other players with 25 first-team votes.
In May 1938, Clark announced that he was open to playing during the 1938 season, though he intended to play "as little as possible," and not at all if the Lions could secure the services of a satisfactory quarterback. Bill Shepherd took over as the club's starting quarterback in 1938, and Clark appeared only briefly in six games, carrying the ball seven times and completing six of 12 passes.
During his eight years as a player in the NFL, Clark appeared in 75 games, totaled 2,772 rushing yards, 1,507 passing yards, and 341 receiving yards, scored 42 touchdowns, kicked 72 extra points and 15 field goals, and totaled 369 points scored. He held the NFL's career scoring record at the time of his retirement.
Colorado School of MinesEdit
In March 1933, Clark was hired as head football coach for the Colorado School of Mines football team. He led the team to a 1–5 record during the 1933 college football season. He resigned his post in March 1934 in order to return to the NFL with the Detroit Lions.
Clark was player-coach with the Lions during the 1937 and 1938 seasons. Under his leadership, the Lions compiled identical 7–4 records and finished in second place in the NFL's West Division in both years.
In December 1938, Clark resigned as head coach of the Lions and signed a two-year contract as head coach of the Cleveland Rams. During the 1939 season, Clark sought permission to play for the Rams, but the NFL ruled that the Lions held rights to him as a player, rejected the Rams' request to declare Clark a free agent, and held that the Rams must strike a deal with the Lions to allow Clark to play. The Lions expressed a willingness to work something out but only if the Rams sent a player to the Lions in exchange. No deal was reached, and Clark's role with the Rams in 1939 was limited to coaching. In January 1940, after the Lions were sold to new owners, the club agreed to grant Clark a players' release if he submitted a request.
As head coach, Clark led the Rams to records of 5–5–1 in 1939, 4–6–1 in 1940, 2–9 in 1941, and 5–6 in 1942.
In March 1943, Clark announced that he would not seek renewal of his contract as coach of the Rams.
Military service and business careerEdit
After retiring from the Rams, Clark returned to Pueblo, Colorado, where he took a job selling insurance. In February 1944, Clark was accepted for limited service in the United States Army. After the war, Clark continued to work in the insurance business and acquired an ownership interest in a wine merchant in Colorado Springs.
In July 1944, Clark signed as coach of the Seattle team in the newly-formed American Football League (not to be confused with the more successful American Football League of the 1960s which is now the basis of the NFL's American Football Conference) of the Pacific Coast. He coached the Seattle Bombers to a 5–5–1 record in the league's only season.
Los Angeles DonsEdit
In March 1949, Clark was hired as backfield coach for the Los Angeles Dons of the All-America Football Conference. In December 1949, after one season with the Dons (which folded after the season, with some of the other AAFC teams merging into the NFL), Clark accepted a job offer to become backfield coach with the Chicago Cardinals for the 1950 season, but that opportunity was lost days later when Buddy Parker resigned as the Cardinals' head coach.
University of DetroitEdit
In March 1950, Clark was hired as an assistant coach of the University of Detroit Titans football team. The 1950 Detroit Titans football team, with Clark as backfield coach, compiled a 6–3–1 record. After the 1950 season, Chuck Baer resigned as the school's head football coach. In February 1951, Clark was promoted to the dual role of head football coach and athletic director at the University of Detroit. Despite leading the Titans to records of 4–7 and 3–6 in 1951 and 1952, respectively, Clark was selected by his fellow Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) coaches as coach of the year at the end of the 1952 season. In 1953, he led the Titans to a 6–4 record and a tie with Oklahoma A&M for the MVC championship.
At the end of December 1953, Clark resigned as the University of Detroit's head football coach to pursue a business opportunity in Detroit. He remain as athletic director through the end of February 1954 when his contract expired.
Legacy and honorsEdit
Clark has received numerous honors for his contributions to the sport. His honors include the following:
- In January 1940, the Associated Press (AP) selected Clark as "Football's Man of the Decade", the outstanding football player of the 1930s, beating out competitors such as Don Hutson, Sammy Baugh, and Mel Hein. In selecting Clark, the AP noted: "He could do everything. An accurate punter, a great drop-kicker, a sure tackler and a skillful, hard blocker, he was also one of the National league's better passers and had few equals as a runner. As a quarterback, he was virtually a coach on the field. Clark was not only fast but ran with a deceptive change of pace."
- In August 1950, Clark was one of 24 players selected as charter inductees into the Helms Athletic Foundation's Professional Football Hall of Fame.
- In November 1951, Clark was one of 52 inaugural inductees into the National Football Foundation's Football Hall of Fame (later renamed the College Football Hall of Fame).
- In May 1959, Clark was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.
- In January 1963, Clark was selected as one of the 17 inaugural inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. At the time of the announcement, Clark called it his greatest thrill since being selected as an All-American in 1928.
- In March 1965, Clark was one of three inaugural inductees (along with Byron White and Jack Dempsey) into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.
- In August 1969, Clark was named to the NFL 1930s All-Decade Team.
- In October 1973, Clark was selected as one of two inaugural inductees into the Greater Pueblo Sports Association's Hall of Fame.
- In 1980, the Pueblo Public School Stadium was renamed Earl "Dutch" Clark Stadium. A statue of Clark by the Latka Studios was added in 1985.
- In 1995, Clark was inducted posthumously, and as one of the inaugural inductees, into the Colorado College Athletic Hall of Fame.
- In November 2009, Clark was one of 12 former Detroit Lions to be included in the club's "Pride of the Lions" charter class.
- In November 2019, Clark was among 12 running backs named to the NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team.
Family and later yearsEdit
In June 1930, Clark received his degree from Colorado College. Later the same day, he was married to Dorothy Schrader, a school teacher and Clark's high school sweetheart, in a ceremony at Pueblo, Colorado. They had a son, Earl Clark, Jr., born in December 1934.
Clark's wife, Dorothy, died suddenly in May 1952 as the result of a stroke at age 43. In January 1955, Clark was remarried to Ruth Jane Lowther, the widow of former Detroit Lions player Jackie Lowther. I December of that year, their son, Timothy Clark was born. Clark also became stepfather to his second wife's two sons, Charles and Thomas Lowther, ages nine and five.
In 1975, Clark and his second wife, Ruth Jane, moved to Canon City, Colorado. In August 1978, Clark died from cancer at age 71 at his home in Canon City. He was buried at Lakeside Cemetery in Canon City.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Colorado Mines Orediggers (Rocky Mountain Conference) (1933)|
|Detroit Titans (Missouri Valley Conference) (1951–1953)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title or championship game berth|
|Colorado College Tigers (Rocky Mountain Faculty Athletic Conference) (1930–1933)|
|Colorado Mines Orediggers (Rocky Mountain Faculty Athletic Conference) (1933–1934)|
|Colorado Buffaloes (Rocky Mountain Faculty Athletic Conference) (1934–1935)|
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|Won||Lost||Ties||Win %||Finish||Won||Lost||Win %||Result|
|DET||1937||7||4||0||.636||2nd in NFL Western||–||–||–||–|
|DET||1938||7||4||0||.636||2nd in NFL Western||–||–||–||–|
|CLE||1939||5||5||1||.500||4th in NFL Western||–||–||–||–|
|CLE||1940||4||6||1||.409||4th in NFL Western||–||–||–||–|
|CLE||1941||2||9||0||.182||5th in NFL Western||–||–||–||–|
|CLE||1942||5||6||0||.455||3rd in NFL Western||–||–||–||–|
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- Census entry for Harry J. Clark and family. Son Earl, age 3. Census Place: La Junta, Otero, Colorado; Roll: T624_123; Page: 14B; Enumeration District: 0128; FHL microfilm: 1374136. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line].
- Census entry for Harry J. Clark and family. Son Earl, age 13. Census Place: Pueblo, Pueblo, Colorado; Roll: T625_170; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 227; Image: 755. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line].
- Chris Willis (2012). Dutch Clark: The Life of an NFL Legend and the Birth of the Detroit Lions. Scarecrow Press. pp. 5–12. ISBN 978-0810885202.
- The Wildcat 1924 (Central High School yearbook), pages 49 and 52 of 176.
- The Wildcat 1925 (Central High School yearbook), page 27 of 176.
- The Wildcat 1925, p. 132 of 176.
- The Wildcat 1925, p. 118 of 176.
- The Wildcat 1925, pp. 131-132 and 134 of 176.
- Jack Hildner (September 25, 1980). "Dutch Clark Was the Greatest of Them All", Dedication Program for the Centennial vs. Central High School football game.
- The Pikes Peak Nugget (Colorado College yearbook) 1931, p. 42 of 230.
- Alan J. Gould (December 8, 1928). "Farr West, East Place Eight Men On All American: Dutch Clark Places On First Grid Team". The Ogden Standard-Examiner. p. 5.
- "Dutch Clark Is Signed By Alma Mater". The Great Falls (Mont.) Tribune. March 5, 1930. p. 8.
- "Dutch Clark To Play Professional Football in Fall". The Tribune-Republican (Greeley, CO). May 14, 1931. p. 16 – via Newspapers.com.
- "1931 Portsmouth Spartans Statistics & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
- "Johnny Blood Is Crowned Champion In Scoring Race". Green Bay Press-Gazette. December 19, 1931. p. 13 – via Newspapers.com.
- George Kirksey (December 15, 1931). "Dutch Clark Is Named On All-America Pro Team: Kirksey Selects Leading Stars On Annual Selection". The Ogden Standard-Examiner. p. 14 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Clark Returns To Tigers". The Salt Lake Tribune. December 6, 1931. p. B3 – via Newspapers.com.
- "1932 Portsmouth Spartans Statistics & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
- "Dutch Clark Best Ground Gainer of Pros". The De Kalb Daily Chronicle. December 7, 1932. p. 6 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Best Football Players of U.S. Are Named by United Press". Ames (IA) Daily Tribune-Times. December 6, 1932. p. 6 – via Newspapers.com.
- George Kirksey (December 5, 1932). "Dutch Clark of Portsmouth Rated Greatest Player in Ten-year Span". The Minneapolis Star. p. 13 – via Newspapers.com.
- ""Dutch" Clark Named Coach at Colo. Mines". The Tribune-Republican (Greeley, Colo.). March 15, 1933. p. 4 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Detroit Grid Pros Sign 'Dutch' Clark". Detroit Free Press. May 27, 1934. p. 3 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Dutch Clark Here to Join Gridders". Detroit Free Press. August 30, 1934. p. 14 – via Newspapers.com.
- "1934 Detroit Lions Statistics & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 24, 2017.
- "Lions Place Two on Pro All-Star Eleven". Detroit Free Press. December 16, 1934. p. Sports 3 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Former State College Players on Pro All-America". The Charleston (WV) Daily Mail. December 5, 1934. p. 8 – via Newspapers.com.
- "'Dutch' Clark Gets Lions' Captaincy: Star of Backfield Is Named at Camp". Detroit Free Press. August 22, 1935. p. 13 – via Newspapers.com.
- Dutch Clark as told to Bob Latshaw (March 25, 1947). "Lions' Great 1935 Victory Over Bears Biggest Moment to Clark". Detroit Free Press. p. 10 – via Newspapers.com.
- Dutch Clark (January 10, 1961). "I'll never forget . . . How I Caught the Bears Napping". Detroit Free Press. p. 19 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Lions Smother Giants, 26 to 7, for Pro Gridiron Crown". Detroit Free Press. December 16, 1935. p. 15.
- "Stanford, East, and Detroit Lions Win New Years Grid Tests: Dutch Clark Thrills 11,000 Denver Fans". The Greeley Daily Tribune. January 2, 1936. p. 8 – via Newspapers.com.
- "United Press Selects Pro All-American Teams: Earl Clark Rated Best Player in League". Middle Town (NY) Times Herald. December 11, 1935. p. 8 – via Newspapers.com.
- Frank Finch (January 10, 1936). ""Dutch" Clark Rated Greatest Grid Star: Detroit Captain, Versatile Sports Figure, Likes Basketball Better Than Football". Los Angeles Times. pp. 13, 15 – via Newspapers.com.
- ""Dutch" Clark, Detroit Star, Greatest Back In Football: Lions' Quarterback Nearest Approach to Perfect Player". The Honolulu Advertiser. February 2, 1936. p. 16 – via Newspapers.com.
- "'Dutch' Clark Lost To Detroit Lions". Democrat and Chronicle. February 23, 1936. p. 35 – via Newspapers.com.
- Tod Rockwell (June 2, 1936). "Dutch Clark Gives the Word He'll Be Back to Pilot Lions". Detroit Free Press. p. 17 – via Newspapers.com.
- George Kirksey (December 18, 1936). "Earl [Dutch] Clark Named Foremost Pro Grid Player: Detroit Quarterback Is Tops Among the Nation's Performers, Packers Best". Dunkirk (N.Y.) Evening Observer (UP story). p. 17 – via Newspapers.com.
- "'Dutchman' Seeks a Job as Coach: Will Return to Lions If Unsuccessful". Detroit Free Press. December 16, 1936. p. 26 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Potsy Clark Quits Lions for Coaching Job with Brooklyn". Detroit Free Press. January 5, 1937. p. 15 – via Newspapers.com.
- Tod Rockwell (January 6, 1937). "Dutch Clark Is Given Full Authority over Detroit Lion Grid Team: Newly-Named Coach to Sign His Own Team". Detroit Free Press. p. 17 – via Newspapers.com.
- Tod Rockwell (November 26, 1937). "Lions Unable to Match Bears' Crushing Power". Detroit Free Press. p. 19 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Dutch Clark Wins Quarterback Post On Pro Grid Team". The Ogden (UT) Standard-Examiner. December 14, 1937. p. 12 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Dutch Clark Leads Editors' All-Pro Eleven by Landslide: Coach of Lions Misses Out on Only 2 Returns". Detroit Free Press. December 20, 1937. p. 15 – via Newspapers.com.
- Tod Rockwell (May 8, 1938). "Old-Time Gridders Faced with Tough Business Deal: Dutch Clark and Ernie Caddel Must Rebuild Lions to Meet Rugged Opposition in Fall". Detroit Free Press. p. 40 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Dutch Clark Retires From Active Grid Players' List". Green Bay Press-Gazette. February 26, 1939. p. 17 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Dutch Clark Resigns Position as Coach". San Bernardino (CA) Daily Sun. March 27, 1934. p. 14 – via Newspapers.com.
- "1937 Detroit Lions Schedule & Game Results". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
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- Tod Rockwell (December 17, 1938). "Lion Coaching Post Is Open as Rams Sign Clark". Detroit Free Press. p. 15 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Rams Must Buy Own Coach So He Can Play Sunday". Evening Times, Cumberland, Maryland. November 16, 1939. p. 15.
- "Dutch Clark's Release From Lions Awaits Only His Asking". The Battle Creek (Michigan) Moon-Journal. January 18, 1939. p. 6.
- "Cleveland/St. Louis/LA Rams Franchise Encyclopedia". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
- "Dutch Clark Quits as Rams' Coach". Detroit Free Press. March 11, 1943. p. 19 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Accept Dutch Clark". Lafayette (Ind.) Journal and Courier. February 22, 1944. p. 9 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Dutch Clark Accepted for Limited Service". Wilkes-Barre Record. February 22, 1944. p. 13 – via Newspapers.com.
- "A Win Merchant Now". Battle Creek Enquirer. August 23, 1945. p. 21.
- ""Dutch" Clark Signs As Seattle Grid Coach". The Indianapolis Star. July 10, 1944. p. 18 – via Newspapers.com.
- Coast Pro League Tilts Lid Sunday, The Milwaukee Journal, August 31, 1944.
- PCPFL: 1940-45 By Bob Gill Archived July 26, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, The Coffin Corner, Vol. 4, No. 7, 1982.
- "Dutch Clark to Aid Phelan as Coach of Dons". Los Angeles Times. March 12, 1949. p. III-1 – via Newspapers.com.
- Joe Falls (January 6, 1954). "Clark Quits: Fromhart Is Selected for Detroit Post". Detroit Free Press. p. 8B.
- "Dutch Clark Has Job with Cards; Then He Doesn't". Chicago Tribune. December 18, 1949. pp. 2–5.
- "Dutch Clark Takes Post as Titans' Gridiron Aide: Ex-Lion Gets 1-Year Pact". Detroit Free Press. March 16, 1950. p. 24 – via Newspapers.com.
- "1950 Detroit Mercy Titans Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 29, 2015.
- Dick Peters (February 25, 1951). "Clark Given Dual Role in New U-D Grid Setup: Brazil Put in Different Sport Post". Detroit Free Press. p. 31 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Valley Picks Dutch Clark As 'Coach of the Year'". Detroit Free Press. December 14, 1952. p. 35 – via Newspapers.com.
- "U. of D. Wins Share In Conference Title". Battle Creek Enquirer. November 27, 1953. p. 17 – via Newspapers.com.
- Dick Peters (January 6, 1954). "Clark Resigns In Surprise Move: Fromhart Named U-D Coach". Detroit Free Press – via Newspapers.com.
- Joe Falls (January 6, 1954). "Clark Quits: Fromhart Is Selected for Detroit Post". The Shreveport Times. p. 8B – via Newspapers.com.
- "Dutch Clark's Contract Ends Midnight Sunday". The Times Herald (Port Huron, Michigan). February 28, 1954. p. 27.
- Dillon Graham (January 15, 1940). "Football's Man of the Decade: Clark". Appleton (WI) Post-Crescent (AP story). p. 14.
- "24 Pro Gridders To 'Hall of Fame'". Lafayette (Ind.) Journal and Courier. August 7, 1950. p. 11 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Hall of Fame Now Has 31 Players and 21 Coaches". Wisconsin Rapids (Wis.) Daily Tribune. November 5, 1951. p. 7 – via Newspapers.com.
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- Lyall Smith (May 21, 1959). "As of Today". Detroit Free Press. p. 37 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Pro Grid 'Hall' Honors 17 Greats". Detroit Free Press. January 30, 1963. p. D1 – via Newspapers.com.
- Al Warden (March 28, 1965). "Dempsey, White and Clark to Be Honored at Hall of Fame Dinner". The Ogden Standard-Examiner. p. 8B – via Newspapers.com.
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- "All-1930's NFL Team Selected". The Baltimore Sun. August 27, 1969. p. C5.
- "Clark named to Hall of Fame". Fort Collins Coloradoan. October 10, 1973. p. 3D.
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- Nick Jurney (October 2, 2013). "Earl "Greatness" Clark - One of the NFL's Important Early Legends". Pulp Newsmagazine. Retrieved March 29, 2017.
- "Colorado College Athletic Hall of Fame". Colorado College. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
- "Lions Announce 12-Member Pride of the Lions Charter Class". Detroit Lions. November 22, 2009.
- "NFL 100 All-Time Team running backs revealed". NFL.com. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
- ""Dutch" Clark Marries Today". The Tribune-Republican (Greeley, Col.). June 11, 1930. p. 10 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Grid Star Graduated, Weds, Departs for New School". Oakland Tribune. June 13, 1930. p. 34 – via Newspapers.com.
- ""Dutch" Clark a Father". The Sedalia (MO) Democrat. December 23, 1934. p. 8 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Dutch Clark's Wife Dies Suddenly". Detroit Free Press. May 8, 1952. p. 22 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Services Set for Mrs. Clark". Detroit Free Press. May 9, 1952. p. 27 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Dutch Clark Weds Widow Of Ex-Titan". Detroit Free Press. January 22, 1955. p. 11 – via Newspapers.com.
- Hal Schram (August 6, 1978). "Ex-Lion star Dutch Clark dies at age 71". Detroit Free Press. p. 1E – via Newspapers.com.
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