The Archbishop Riordan High School Alumni Association is proud to present San Francisco Giants legend Will “The Thrill” Clark as its guest speaker at the 2017 Downtown Luncheon on Friday, December 8.
Please note new location from previous years:
Hilton San Francisco Union Square
333 O’Farrell Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
11:00 am Cocktails, 12:00 pm Lunch
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A product of Catholic schools, Clark attended Jesuit High School in New Orleans before matriculating to Mississippi State University. While there, Clark became an All-American, played a starring role on the 1984 US Olympic baseball team (batting .429 with three home runs and eight RBIs), and won the 1985 Golden Spikes Award, given annually to the country’s top amateur baseball player.
Clark was drafted as the second overall pick in the 1985 Major League Baseball draft by the San Francisco Giants and quickly established himself as the premier first baseman in the National League. With a flair for the dramatic, Clark hit the first pitch he saw as a professional out of the park for the Fresno Giants in 1985 and famously hit a home run to centerfield against Nolan Ryan his first at-bat for the big league club on April 8, 1986. His finest season was in 1989, when he batted .333 with 111 RBI, and he and the Giants defeated the Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series. Clark’s efforts resulted in him being named NLCS MVP. A 6-time All Star, 2-time Silver Slugger recipient, and 1991 Gold Glove Winner, Clark retired in 2000 with a lifetime batting average of .303.
He was inducted into the Mississippi State University Hall of Fame in 2003, the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006, the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame on April 26, 2007 and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame on August 1, 2008.
Clark currently works in the San Francisco Giants front office as a special assistant.