William "Will" Nuschler Clark, Jr.


High School Career

Jesuit High School, New Orleans, LA (1979-1982)

• Louisiana All-State First Team (’80)

• Louisiana State champions (’79, ‘80)

• Hit .571 in high school

 

College Career

Mississippi State University (1983-1985)

• Golden Spikes Award: national College Player of the Year (’85)

• All American, First team, The Sporting News (’84, ‘85)

• All SEC, All SEC Western Division (’84, ‘85)

• SEC Tournament Championship (’85)

• College World Series (’85)

• Led SEC in HRs (25), RBIs (77), Hits (94), & Runs scored (75) (’85)

 

Olympics

• United States Olympic Team, won silver medal, hit .429 (’84)

 

Professional Career

San Francisco (1986-1993)
Texas Rangers (1994-1999)
Baltimore (1999-2000)
St. Louis (2000)

• Second Player Drafted Overall (’85)

• MLB Career Totals: 1,976 games; 0.303 Ave.; 284 HR; 1,205 RBI; 2,176 Hits

• Playoff Totals: 31 games, 0.333, 5 HR, 16 RBI

• 6-time All Star (’88-’92, ‘94)

• Golden Glove winner (’91)

• NLCS MVP (’89)

• NL MVP Runner-up (’89) )

• 20 Home Run seasons: 6 (’87-’89, ‘91, ‘98, ‘00)

• 30 Home Run seasons: 1 (’87)

• 100 RBI seasons: 4 (’88-’91, ‘98)

• 100 runs scored seasons: 2 (’88-’89)

 

Special Recognition

• Named Among Birmingham News “SEC’s Top 25 Greatest Athletes” (’07)

• Texas Rangers’ Man of the Year (‘96)

• Helped finance construction of new outfield wall at Dudy Noble Stadium

• A 1990 poll of 65 Major League players ranked Will as the best clutch performer

 

Hall of Fame Memberships

• Louisiana American-Italian Sports Hall of Fame (1997)

• Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame (2003)

• Mississippi State University Athletic Hall of Fame (2003)

• Cape Cod League Hall of Fame (2004)

• Member Inaugural Class College Baseball Hall of fame (2006)

• Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame (San Francisco) (2007)

• Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame (2008)

 

Did You Know?

Clark had several nicknames: The Thrill from former teammate Bob Brenly (which he did like) and The Natural (which he didn’t). Clark hit a home run with his first professional swing at Class A Fresno in 1985. In his first Major League at bat a season later, Will homered off Major League career strikeout leader Nolan Ryan.





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