‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #32
Will Clark – 1986 Fleer
Will ‘The Thrill’ Clark had one of the prettiest swings in baseball to debut during the 1980’s. And he could connect too…
With a career batting average of .303 and with 2,176 hits to his credit, Clark was a premier hitter in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. In 15 seasons in the major leagues, Clark hit .300 or better 10 times. Clark’s offensive game was very well-rounded. He scored 1,186 runs and drove in 1,205. Couple that with his 284 career home runs and you have one of the most explosive hitters in the game.
Never known for his defensive game, and playing in an era with Mark Grace and JT Snow, Clark did manage to win 1 Gold Glove Award in 1991. He was also a 2-time SilverSlugger winner and 6-time All-star. From 1987-1991, Clark finished in the Top 5 for the MVP award 4 times.
Clark’s lone appearance in the World Series came in 1989 when his team lost in 4 straight games to the Oakland A’s. But in the series prior against the Chicago Cubs, Clark shined brighter than any other star. In the 5-game series, Will batted an incredible .650 as he went 13 for 20 while crushing 2 home runs, scoring 8 runs and driving in 8 as well. This series put Will Clark on the map in front of a national audience and he delivered a performance that is still talked about today.