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140. Jack Clark
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: November 10, 1955 in New Brighton, PA USA
  • Weight: 175 lbs.
  • Height: 6'2"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: September 12, 1975
  • Final Game: August 28, 1992
  • TSN All-Star - 1978
  • Silver Slugger - 1985
  • Silver Slugger - 1987
  • TSN All-Star - 1987
  • MVP - 1978
  • MVP - 1980
  • MVP - 1982
  • MVP - 1985
  • MVP - 1987
  • MVP - 1989
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Jack Clark had the nickname of "Jack the Ripper," which was precisely the moniker that befit a lethal power.

Clark first cut his teeth on the Major League level with the San Francisco Giants in 1975, and he had his first 20 Home Run year in 1978.  That season, Clark was named to the All-Star Team, and he would again the following year.  Clark had four 20 Home Run years for the Giants, and he would then join the St. Louis Cardinals, where he spent three seasons, two of which were All-Star years.

In that latter year, Clark led the National League in Walks, which was shocking considering that his 136 free passes were more than 46 than he ever had.  He led the NL in On Base Percentage with .459, and he had an OPS of 1,055.  Clark finished third in MVP voting, his highest ever.  The slugger had been in the top ten in MVP voting three times before, but this was his highest finish.

Clark went to the Yankees in 1988, and he was with the San Diego Padres for two seasons, where he again led the league in Walks, while belting at least 25 Home Runs.  After a pair of seasons with the Boston Red Sox, he retired in 1992, with 340 career Home Runs.  Had Clark developed his ability to gain Walks earlier in his career, he might have gained Cooperstown admission.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: New Brighton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Wednesday, 01 January 1958
  • Position: First Base, Outfield
  • Played For: Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Rings (None) 
    All-Star (4) (1978, 1979, 1985 & 1987)
    Silver Slugger (2) (NL) (1985 & 1987)
    Highest On Base Percentage (1) (NL) (1987)
    Highest Slugging Percentage (1) (NL) (1987)
    Highest OPS (1) (NL) (1987)
    Most Walks (3) (NL) (1987, 1989 & 1990)
    Highest OPS+ (1) (NL) (1987)
    Most Extra Base Hits (1) (1978)

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten MVP Finishes: 
    (NL: 1978, 5th), (NL: 1982, 7th), (NL: 1985, 10th) & (NL: 1987, 3rd)
    1 Top Ten Finish (bWAR for Position Players)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Offensive bWAR)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Batting Average)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (On Base Percentage)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Slugging Percentage)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (OPS)                             
    6 Top Ten Finishes (OPS+)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Scored)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Hits)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Total Bases)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Doubles)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Triples)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Home Runs
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Batted In)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Walks) 
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Extra Base Hits)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Power-Speed #)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Championship Win Probability Added)

  • Notable All Time Rankings:

    53. Walks: 1,262
    77. Win Probability Added: 38.8
    87. Intentional Walks: 127
    87. Sacrifice Flies: 83

  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame:

    1998: 1.5%

  • Should be Inducted As A: San Francisco Giant

Should Jack Clark be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 85.7%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 0%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 14.3%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%


0 #1 Jamie Marrow 2022-07-31 19:50
Jack Clark should definitely be in the Hall of Fame, he was an excellent ball player and the most clutch hitter I ever saw along with Keith Hernandez. When there was the staff of game-winning RBI he was among the top every season, he was one of the most feared hitters I'd ever heard of, pitchers were terrified to throw to him. I've never seen any ball player hit a ball harder than Jack Clark, Gary Sheffield comes close, but nobody can rip the ball like Jack Clark, he had the most mighty swing I'd ever seen. His numbers alone are good enough to be in the Hall of Fame, I always respected the way he would be open about what he felt about what was going on on the team. He should have been honored by the San Francisco Giants yesterday on the retiring of number 22.

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