Cleary Cross, short stop of the Lucas Amateurs, has been engaged by the Altoona club, for which he will probably play third base. He left last night for Altoona.-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, May 4, 1884
Altoona needed all the help they could get but I don't think that Clarence Cross was the answer.
Cross, who was born in St. Louis in 1856, played in twenty-nine Union Association games in 1884, with Altoona, Philadelphia and Kansas City. He got back to the big leagues in 1887, with New York of the AA, and, in sixteen games, didn't do much. For his career, he hit .226/.282/.262 in 164 at bats.