Friday, April 11, 2008
#350 Will Clark
Why this card is awesome: Because as much as I admire Clark's on-the-field accomplishments, I don't care for the guy, and I like that he's got a doofy photo on his card. For pretty much every other major star card in this set (cards divisible by 50,) Topps went to the trouble of collecting a great action shot of the player. But not for The Natural. Ho ho ho!
Cool stat: Clark had an incredible season in 2000, his last. He hit well with Baltimore, but when he joined St. Louis for the final 51 games, he was absolutely on fire, slugging .655 with 42 RBI in those games. For the year (the whole year), he finished with a 144 OPS+ over 507 PAs. Guess how many guys have had at least a 140 OPS+ over 500 PAs in their final season? Just four. And Clark was the worst of the four (which is really saying something) AND two of them finished their careers early because they were banned from baseball. The only other guy to end his career naturally on such a high note was Mickey Mantle.