Monday, April 29, 2013

AUTOS FROM THE ARCHIVES: WILL CLARK


DID SOME DAMAGE AT WRIGLEY IN '89.



NOTABLE FIRSTS IN HIS FIRST MONTH IN THE BIGS.


THE CARD

  • Mention "'86 Topps,'' and I always think of that marvelous 132-card Traded Set that was chock full of those scorching hot extended rookie cards. The Will Clark was one of the best. Topps nailed the '86 look on this reprint.

THE AUTOGRAPH

  • The Thrill's wispy signature is as sweet as that swing of his. Never got a solo autograph of him back in the day; although, I do have him on an '84 Olympic team bat.

THE PLAYER

  • Befitting of cool, Clark had as his answering machine message the opening lines of B.B. King's The Thrill is Gone:
The thrill is gone
The thrill is gone away
The thrill is gone baby
The thrill is gone away ...
  • Did anyone else rock the eye black better?
  • Clark became one of my favorite players from the '80s. He led the NL in RBI in '88 with 109 and hit .303 during his 15-year career. He helped lead the Giants to the NL West title in '87 and the NL pennant in '89. 
  • He tortured the Cubs in the '89 NLCS, batting .650 and hitting two home runs and driving in eight in the five-game victory.

LIKE THE ORIGINAL SLIGHTLY BETTER.


ONE OF MY VERY FAVORITE '80s CARDS.

1 comment:

  1. Love this card. It's definitely high on my wantlist.

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