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Will Clark Tribute
Will Clark Tribute
Published: 2013/02/15
Channel: Michael Turner
SEC Storied - Thunder and Lightning
SEC Storied - Thunder and Lightning
Published: 2015/05/08
Channel: Ian Ward
NLCS Gm1: Clark tallies four hits, six RBIs vs. Cubs
NLCS Gm1: Clark tallies four hits, six RBIs vs. Cubs
Published: 2013/11/07
Channel: MLB
Inside the Clubhouse Will The Thrill
Inside the Clubhouse Will The Thrill
Published: 2017/03/20
Channel: Bay Area Sports
SF@STL: Benches clear after Clark
SF@STL: Benches clear after Clark's slide into second
Published: 2013/11/14
Channel: MLB
1989 NLCS Gm1: Clark launches a grand slam to right
1989 NLCS Gm1: Clark launches a grand slam to right
Published: 2014/12/09
Channel: MLB
Will
Will 'The Thrill' recalls debut home run vs. Nolan Ryan
Published: 2016/06/11
Channel: KNBR
Will Clark #22 Clutch Hit
Will Clark #22 Clutch Hit
Published: 2013/08/13
Channel: Mezcala47710
Clark hits first Rangers homer in new park
Clark hits first Rangers homer in new park
Published: 2014/12/08
Channel: MLB
A HISTÓRIA DE WILL TRAYNOR E LOUISA CLARK
A HISTÓRIA DE WILL TRAYNOR E LOUISA CLARK
Published: 2017/07/13
Channel: Oito Desmaiado
SD@SF: Clark connects for walk-off home run
SD@SF: Clark connects for walk-off home run
Published: 2016/11/30
Channel: MLB
Will Clark in our dugout
Will Clark in our dugout
Published: 2014/04/27
Channel: colby phelps
Batting Practice Chatter with Will Clark, San Francisco Giants
Batting Practice Chatter with Will Clark, San Francisco Giants
Published: 2014/06/26
Channel: iBaseballChannel
Will Clark Swing Analysis
Will Clark Swing Analysis
Published: 2015/11/02
Channel: hitmorelinedrives
1992 ASG: Will Clark hits three-run homer in the 8th
1992 ASG: Will Clark hits three-run homer in the 8th
Published: 2016/06/21
Channel: MLB
Will Clark
Will Clark
Published: 2012/07/05
Channel: Mark Ellis
Will "The Thrill" Clark Tribute (SF VS ST.LOUIS bench clearing brawl) 4:00
Will "The Thrill" Clark Tribute (SF VS ST.LOUIS bench clearing brawl) 4:00
Published: 2011/08/23
Channel: allinputo
Batting Stance Guy as Will Clark
Batting Stance Guy as Will Clark
Published: 2016/08/06
Channel: Batting Stance Guy
A carta do Will para Clark ❤ Como eu era antes de você.
A carta do Will para Clark ❤ Como eu era antes de você.
Published: 2016/08/30
Channel: Jaciane_CP
Will Clark Ruins LA Dodgers Playoff Hopes!
Will Clark Ruins LA Dodgers Playoff Hopes!
Published: 2014/09/25
Channel: CourtsideTweets
Dean Palmer, Ken Hill and Will Clark compare
Dean Palmer, Ken Hill and Will Clark compare '96 team with 2016
Published: 2016/06/21
Channel: startelegramvideo
Will Clark 1991
Will Clark 1991
Published: 2011/08/16
Channel: pohbare69
Will Clark Jersey Cap - Sat. June 10
Will Clark Jersey Cap - Sat. June 10
Published: 2017/05/26
Channel: San Francisco Giants
Will Clark San Francisco Giants
Will Clark San Francisco Giants
Published: 2008/05/02
Channel: tobyjackson19benders
Will Clark takes on Ozzie Smith and Jose Oquendo
Will Clark takes on Ozzie Smith and Jose Oquendo
Published: 2012/10/18
Channel: Garrett Gonzales
Louisa Clark & Will Traynor || ME BEFORE YOU - Scared To Death
Louisa Clark & Will Traynor || ME BEFORE YOU - Scared To Death
Published: 2016/09/19
Channel: Jyrmie Ladiero
MLB The Show 16 Flashback Reviews: Will Clark
MLB The Show 16 Flashback Reviews: Will Clark
Published: 2016/06/15
Channel: Cardinalbird5
1989 NLCS Gm5: Clark drives in a pair with a single
1989 NLCS Gm5: Clark drives in a pair with a single
Published: 2013/12/08
Channel: MLB
And You Never Will (feat. Maurette Brown Clark)
And You Never Will (feat. Maurette Brown Clark)
Published: 2015/07/18
Channel: Anthony Brown and group therAPy - Topic
Cameron Devers vs Will Clark ( Cary )
Cameron Devers vs Will Clark ( Cary )
Published: 2015/02/24
Channel: Erika Devers
Will Clark: Baseball Rebellion Swing Breakdown
Will Clark: Baseball Rebellion Swing Breakdown
Published: 2016/04/04
Channel: Baseball Rebellion
Will Clarke at Dirtybird Campout 2015
Will Clarke at Dirtybird Campout 2015
Published: 2015/10/23
Channel: RoethlisCrosby
Men 138 - Will Clark vs. Bill Adusei
Men 138 - Will Clark vs. Bill Adusei
Published: 2014/04/30
Channel: USA Wrestling
Lou se despede de Will | Como Eu Era Antes de Você
Lou se despede de Will | Como Eu Era Antes de Você
Published: 2016/08/28
Channel: Renan
Will Clark- Moonshiner
Will Clark- Moonshiner
Published: 2012/11/20
Channel: evilgibsongrl
SF Giant
SF Giant's Will Clark Explains Correct Bat Path (Hitting Mechanics)
Published: 2013/05/25
Channel: Maximumbatspeed
The Clark Sisters - Center Of Thy Will
The Clark Sisters - Center Of Thy Will
Published: 2009/01/08
Channel: Acórea Sims
MLB® 15 The Show™ Will Clark doesn
MLB® 15 The Show™ Will Clark doesn't fuck around.
Published: 2015/06/21
Channel: jamesaikins
Will Clark base clearing double Diamond Dynasty MLB The Show 2017
Will Clark base clearing double Diamond Dynasty MLB The Show 2017
Published: 2017/06/17
Channel: Blue Bushido
Will Clark Home Run Baseball Swing Hitting Mechanics Instruction Slow Motion Analysis MLB
Will Clark Home Run Baseball Swing Hitting Mechanics Instruction Slow Motion Analysis MLB
Published: 2013/06/22
Channel: PastimeAthletics
Dave & Tim at CMAC - June 4th, 2017 (Full Show + Timestamps) - Taped by Will Clark
Dave & Tim at CMAC - June 4th, 2017 (Full Show + Timestamps) - Taped by Will Clark
Published: 2017/06/06
Channel: DMB STASH
State Semi Finals Logan Pavia vs. Will Clark
State Semi Finals Logan Pavia vs. Will Clark
Published: 2015/02/22
Channel: Tommy Pavia
Will Clark Side View
Will Clark Side View
Published: 2016/01/14
Channel: Complete Hitter
me before you // photograph // louisa and will
me before you // photograph // louisa and will
Published: 2016/07/13
Channel: #PrettyLittleLiarsLiars
Men 138 - Evan Wick vs. Will Clark
Men 138 - Evan Wick vs. Will Clark
Published: 2014/05/01
Channel: USA Wrestling
Will Clarke & Bot - Lil
Will Clarke & Bot - Lil' Mami (Original Mix)
Published: 2017/04/03
Channel: Paradise Of House
San Francisco Giants 1989 Pennant run, Will Clark knock
San Francisco Giants 1989 Pennant run, Will Clark knock's the Cubs out of the playoffs
Published: 2010/10/21
Channel: ThomasRivette
2015.02.05 - Will Clark - Pacific Baseball Community Night - Part 4
2015.02.05 - Will Clark - Pacific Baseball Community Night - Part 4
Published: 2015/02/09
Channel: mvideofiles
MLB/Carmax shoot with Will Clark
MLB/Carmax shoot with Will Clark
Published: 2016/08/24
Channel: Robert McWilliams
Bottle flipping: jaceSilliker VS will Clark 88
Bottle flipping: jaceSilliker VS will Clark 88
Published: 2016/12/30
Channel: Jace Silliker
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Will Clark
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Will Clark on-deck during 1997 MLB season
First baseman
Born: (1964-03-13) March 13, 1964 (age 53)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 8, 1986, for the San Francisco Giants
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 2000, for the St. Louis Cardinals
MLB statistics
Batting average .303
Hits 2,176
Home runs 284
Runs batted in 1,205
Teams
Career highlights and awards
Will Clark
Medal record
Representing  United States
Men's Baseball
Summer Olympics
Silver medal – second place 1984 Los Angeles Team

William Nuschler "Will" Clark, Jr. (born March 13, 1964) is a former first baseman in Major League Baseball best known for his years with the San Francisco Giants from 1986 to 1993. Clark was known by the nickname of "Will the Thrill." The nickname has often been truncated to simply, "The Thrill."[1]

After a sensational career at Jesuit High School in New Orleans, Clark attended Mississippi State University, where he continued to flourish. Clark was inducted into the Mississippi State University Hall of Fame in 2003.[2] Clark was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006. He was inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame on April 26, 2007[3][4] and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame on August 1, 2008.[5]

He currently works in the San Francisco Giants front office[6] after spending five seasons as an advisor for the Arizona Diamondbacks.[7]

Olympics[edit]

Clark played a starring role for the 1984 U.S. Olympic team that yielded such future major leaguers as Barry Larkin and Mark McGwire. During the five-game Olympic tournament, Clark led the team in batting average (.429), hits (9), runs batted in (8) and tied for the team lead in home runs (3).

College[edit]

Playing for Mississippi State University, Clark was noted for his oft-imitated "sweet swing," said to be among the best in baseball. In 1985, The Sporting News named Clark an All-American and he later won the Golden Spikes Award from USA Baseball as the best amateur baseball player in the country. A teammate of Rafael Palmeiro, the two were known as "Thunder and Lightning."[8] Clark and Palmeiro were known to dislike each other, dating back to their time at Mississippi State.[9]

Major leagues[edit]

San Francisco Giants (1986–93)[edit]

Clark was drafted with the second overall pick in the 1985 Major League Baseball draft by the San Francisco Giants.[10] In his inaugural major league at-bat on April 8, 1986, Clark debuted with a home run—off future Hall of Fame member Nolan Ryan.[10] A few days later, Clark also homered in his first home game at Candlestick Park (he debuted at age 22, wearing the number 22, playing first base). An elbow injury cost Clark 47 games in his rookie season.[10] Clark finished his rookie year with a respectable .287 batting average.

Clark prepares to bat during a 1992 game at Candlestick Park.

Over the next six seasons, Clark would establish himself as the premier first baseman in the National League. In his first full season in 1987, Clark had a .308 batting average. Clark was voted the starting first baseman for the NL All-Star team every season from 1988 through 1992. In 1988, Clark was the first Giants' player to drive in 90 or more runs in consecutive seasons since Bobby Murcer from 1975-1976.

His finest season was in 1989, when he batted .333 (losing the batting title to Tony Gwynn on the final day of the season) with 111 RBI. Clark finished second in the NL Most Valuable Player voting to Giants teammate Kevin Mitchell.

In 1989, Clark and the Giants defeated the Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series. In Game 1, Clark had already hit a solo home run. Prior to a subsequent at-bat, Cubs' catcher Rick Wrona went to the mound to discuss with Greg Maddux how to pitch to Clark. From the on-deck circle, Clark watched the conversation and read Greg Maddux's lips saying "fastball high, inside." The first pitch was a fastball high and inside which Clark sent into the street beyond right field for a grand slam. Afterwards, pitchers began to cover their mouths with their gloves when having conversations on the pitcher's mound.[11] (The Chicago Tribune's front page the next day paid tribute to his performance with a headline of "Clark's night on Addison.")[12]

In Game 5 of the series, Clark faced Cubs closer Mitch Williams with the score 1-1 in the bottom of the eighth inning. After an epic at-bat, with several two-strike foul balls keeping the duel alive for several minutes, Clark singled to center field to drive in two runs, breaking the tie, eventually sending the Giants to the World Series. Clark's efforts, which included a .650 batting average and two home runs, resulted in him being named NLCS MVP. The Giants went on to face the Oakland Athletics in the 1989 World Series, but were swept. In the only World Series appearance of his career, Clark failed to contribute significantly at the plate, finishing with no runs batted in and a .250 batting average while battling tonsillitis.[13]

Clark had become a very durable player since his rookie year injury, setting a San Francisco record with 320 consecutive games played from September 1987 through August 1989.[10] However, a string of injuries reduced his playing time in the early 1990s and diminished his production. Clark drove in just 73 runs in 1992, the lowest total since his rookie year.[14]

Clark's contract with the Giants expired after the 1993 season.

Texas Rangers (1994–98)[edit]

The Texas Rangers signed Clark to replace his former Mississippi State teammate, Rafael Palmeiro, at first base. Clark made the American League All-Star team in 1994[14] and finished the season with a .329 batting average, the second-highest of his career. He maintained a high level of offensive production throughout his tenure with Texas, finishing below .300 only in 1996. Injuries limited his playing time to 123, 117 and 110 games from 1995 through 1997, but Clark led the Rangers to American League West Division titles in 1996 and 1998. Clark struggled offensively in both the 1996 and 1998 postseasons, though he put together his most productive regular season in seven years in 1998 (.305, 23 HRs, 41 2Bs, 102 RBIs). Following the 1998 season, the Rangers re-signed Rafael Palmeiro, effectively ending Clark's days with the team.

Baltimore Orioles and St. Louis Cardinals (1999–2000)[edit]

Clark signed a two-year deal with the Orioles before the 1999 season, again replacing Palmeiro, who had left Baltimore to return to Texas. Clark spent nearly two years with Baltimore but was plagued by injuries. On June 15, Clark got his 2000th hit versus the Kansas City Royals.

Clark was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals near the end of the 2000 season, acquired in part to play in place of the injured Mark McGwire. A rejuvenated Clark (.964 OPS) helped the Cardinals defeat the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS. In the NLCS, the Cardinals faced the New York Mets, who would go on to win the pennant. Clark performed better in these playoffs. After announcing that his retirement would come when the Cardinals' playoff run ended, Clark went 1 for 3 in his final game on October 16, 2000.

Legacy[edit]

Clark was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006. He was inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame on April 26, 2007[3][4] and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame on August 1, 2008.[5]

Clark has final statistics of 284 home runs, 1205 RBI, a .303 batting average, and a .881 OPS. In 2006 Hall of Fame balloting, Clark received 23 votes, 4.4% of the total, which withdrew him from consideration from future ballots, as he did not receive the required 5% threshold to stay on.[15]

Honors[edit]

  • USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award (1985)
  • National League All-Star 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992[14]
  • American League All-Star 1994[14]
  • MVP of the 1989 National League Championship Series
  • Two-time National League Silver Slugger Award at First base (1989 and 1991).
  • 1991 National League Gold Glove Award at First Base.
  • On July 4, 2006, Clark was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in its inaugural class.
  • Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.
  • Inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ BaseballEvolution.com Hall of Fame
  2. ^ Mississippi State University M-Club Alumni Association & Sports Hall of Fame
  3. ^ a b "Hall of Fame Inductees (2007)". Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame. 
  4. ^ a b FitzGerald, Tom (27 April 2007). "New inductees remember / Rice, ex-Giant Clark among those recalling their finest hours". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  5. ^ a b "News – MS Sports Hall of Fame and Museum". Archived from the original on February 25, 2012. Retrieved 2010-04-01. 
  6. ^ Chris Haft (January 28, 2009). "Giants add Clark with front-office post 'The Thrill' played in San Francisco for eight seasons". MLB.com. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Giants hire Will Clark as assistant". Yahoo! Sports. January 28, 2009. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  8. ^ http://maroonandwhitenation.com/2015/04/29/sec-storied-thunder-lightning-to-premiere-monday/ SEC Storied: Thunder & Lightning to Premiere Monday
  9. ^ Chass, Murray (9 March 1994). "BASEBALL; Thoughts Deep in the Heart of Texas". New York Times. Retrieved 8 October 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c d The Ballplayers – Will Clark | BaseballLibrary.com
  11. ^ Stark, Jayson. "Talk to the glove!", ESPN (Aug 22, 2013).
  12. ^ Chicago Tribune, October 5, 1989, page A1
  13. ^ "Raspy, Feverish, Will Clark Skips Batting Practice". Los Angeles Times. October 16, 1989. 
  14. ^ a b c d Will Clark Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  15. ^ Will Clark Statistics – The Baseball Cube

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