Daily Archives: October 11, 2008

What Ever Happened To Will Clark???

Will ‘The Thrill’ Clark was an offensive machine during his playing days.  As a college baseball player and member of the USA Olympic baseball team, Clark earned a reputation for having one of the sweetest swings in baseball.

In Will’s first major league at-bat, he homered off Nolan Ryan.  How many players can claim that incredible feat?  As a member of the San Fransisco Giants from 1986-1993, Clark became one of baseball’s best overall players as he earned four Top 5 finishes for MVP over a 8 year span.  Being a solid contact and power hitter, Clark became an All-Star too as he earned 6 roster spots on the All-Star team.

A career .303 hitter with 284 home runs and 1,205 RBI are solid numbers put up by this 15 year baseball veteran. 

Will’s most outstanding performances came during the post season as he often provided clutch performance after clutch performance.  In 1989 against the Chicago Cubs, Clark hit .650 in a 5-game series while hitting 2 home runs and knocking in 8 runs.  And again in 2000 as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals, Clark hit .412 in a 5-game series against the New York Mets.

In 2006, Clark was inducted into College Baseball’s Hall of Fame.  Today, he works in the front office with the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.

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1971 Topps Fergie Jenkins League Leaders Card

This is the 16th card in my Fergie Jenkins collection.  Again, I am only counting the cards that were issued during Fergie’s playing days.

Below is the 1971 Topps League Leader card highlighting the 1970 National League Strikeout Leaders.  This card features Tom Seaver, Bob Gibson, and my boy Fergie Jenkins.

I love this card.  And to have 2 of the most dominany pitchers from the 1970’s on the card along with Fergie Jenkins only adds to the appeal that this card has to me.

I know that the card is not centered well, but I am finding that this was a big problem with the 1971 set.  I opted to go for a card with the perfect gloss finish and sharp corners…  2/3 ain’t bad!!

Ticket Stub #6 – White Sox vs. Indians – 4/14/1990

 This game was my 2nd Chicago White Sox game at the original Comiskey Park.

Chicago White Sox 9 – Cleveland Indians 4

This was just the 4th game of the 1990 season, so the batting averages for these guys is based on roughly 10-12 at bats.

Cleveland Indians AB R H RBI BB SO BA Notes
James 3 0 0 0 1 0 0.000  
Browne 4 0 0 0 0 2 0.200  
Brookens 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Maldanado 2 0 1 0 1 0 0.500  
Belle 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.000  
Snyder 4 1 1 0 0 0 0.333  
Hernandez 3 0 0 0 0 1 0.182  
Baerga 1 0 1 0 0 0 1.000  
James 4 0 1 0 0 0 0.182  
Jacoby 4 1 2 2 0 0 0.333 HR
Alomar, Jr. 3 1 1 0 0 0 0.250  
Skinner 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.000  
Santana 4 1 1 2 0 0 0.222 HR
                 
Chicago White Sox AB R H RBI   SO BA Notes
Sosa 4 2 2 1 1 0 0.286 (2) triples
Fletcher 4 2 1 1 0 2 0.091  
Calderon 3 1 2 2 0 0 0.308  
Gallagher 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.000  
Kittle 4 0 2 1 1 0 0.200  
Boston 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Fisk 5 1 3 1 0 0 0.438  
Martinez 4 2 1 1 1 0 0.067  
Ventura 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.200  
Johnson 4 0 2 2 0 0 0.357  
Guillen 4 1 2 0 0 0 0.300  

The White Sox tested Sammy Sosa as their leadoff hitter in 1990.  It’s kind of funny to look back and think of Sammy as a contact hitter and base stealing player now after his 600+ home run career.

Notable stars playing in this game were – Albert Belle, Keith Hernandez, Sandy Alomar, Jr., Sammy Sosa, Ron Kittle, Carlton Fisk, Robin Ventura, and Ozzie Guillen.

Hall of Fame players – Carlton Fisk, Sammy Sosa(?)