April 12, 2013 - Midwest League (MWL) - Peoria Chiefs
PEORIA, IL -The Peoria Chiefs have announced that former St. Louis Cardinals slugger Jack Clark will be the guest at the first Red Hot Friday promotion on May 24 at Peoria Chiefs Stadium. In addition to the Jack Clark appearance, Red Hot Fridays include 25 cents and the Chiefs will give away six Flat Screen TV's as they host the Kane County Cougars at 6:30 p.m. May 24 is the first of four planned Red Hot Fridays with former Cardinals on the Chiefs 2013 promo schedule.
Clark will throw out a first pitch prior to the game, visit with fans in a meet-and-greet on the Stadium Club party deck and sign autographs on the concourse for an hour. Tickets for the special meet-and-greet on the suite level Stadium Club deck will go on sale Friday for $50 and include a 90 minute all-you-can-eat buffet and a MLB baseball for autographs.
Clark played for the Cardinals from 1985-1987 and helped St. Louis to two pennants while clubbing 66 home runs and driving in 216 runs. He was an All-Star in both 1985 and 1987 as the Cardinals made it to the World Series, losing in seven games both times. He hit 22 homers and drove in 87 in 1985 while finishing 10th in the MVP race, won by teammate Willie McGee. Clark was injured for most of 1986 playing in just 65 games. He bounced back to hit .286 with 35 home runs and 106 RBI in 1987 as the Cardinals won the pennant again. In 1987 he finished third in the MVP race while leading the league in walks (136) and slugging percentage (.597). Clark hit a memorable three-run home run off LA Dodgers reliever Tom Nidenfeuer in the top of the ninth inning in the clinching game six of the 1985 NLCS. Clark drove in eight runs in the 1985 playoffs but an ankle injury limited him to just one at-bat in the 1987 post-season and he was not on the Cardinals World Series roster against the Minnesota Twins.
Clark made his MLB debut with the San Francisco Giants in 1975 and hit 163 home runs with the Giants before being traded to the Cardinals on February 1, 1985 in exchange for Jose Uribe, Dave LaPoint and David Green. He hit 27 home runs for the New York Yankees in 1988 before playing two seasons for the San Diego Padres. Clark finished his career with two seasons in Boston where he hit 33 home runs and drove in 120 runs for the Red Sox. Overall, Clark batted .267 in 1994 career MLB games with 340 home runs, 332 doubles and 1180 RBI.
After retirement, Clark worked as the hitting coach for the Dodgers and has managed Independent teams such as the River City Rascals and Mid Missouri Mavericks. Clark managed the Springfield Sliders of the Central Illinois Collegiate League and Prospect League in 2009 and 2010. He has also worked as an analyst on Cardinals pre and post game coverage for Fox Sports Midwest and FM 101 ESPN in St. Louis.