Jack Anthony Clark was born on November 10, 1955 in New Brighton, Pennsylvania. From 1975 through 1992 Clark played for the San Francisco Giants (1975-1984), the St. Louis Cardinals (1985-1987), the New York Yankees (1988), the San Diego Padres (1989-1990) and the Boston Red Sox (1991-1992). He batted and threw right-handed.
Jack’s Major League debut with the San Francisco Giants was in 1975 as a right fielder and the youngest player in 1975. He won the first Willie Mac Award in 1980 for his spirit and leadership. Jack was nicknamed “the Ripper” in San Francisco.
On February 1, 1985 Jack was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals. He switched to first base and enjoyed the best years of his career. In the1985 NLCS Jack hit a dramatic Game Six Ninth Inning home run off of Dodgers pitcher Tom Niedenfuer which led the Cardinals to the World Series.
1987 was Jack’s best season. He hit .286 with 35 home runs, 106 RBIs and led the league in on-base percentage and slugging percentage with a .459 OBP and a .597 SLG. He finished 3rd in the MVP vote. Jack led his team to the World Series again that year.
In his 18-year MLB career, Jack’s was a .267 hitter with 340 home runs and 1180 RBI’s in 1994 games. He had 1118 runs, 332 doubles, 77 stolen bases and 1826 hits in 6847 at-bats.
Jack’s second passion is drag racing. In 1991 he started an NHRA Top Fuel drag racing team. His driver Tom “the Mongoose” McEwen won the prestigious Summernationals in Englishtown, New Jersey that year. Jack earned his NHRA license in 1994 and made his NHRA debut in the Mile High Nationals in Denver. Although no longer actively involved in NHRA racing, he is still a huge fan of the sport.
After retiring from baseball, Jack has coached and managed several teams including managing the River City Rascals and the Mid Missouri Mavericks. He was the hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the McKinney Marshalls. He is currently the manager of the Springfield Sliders in the Prospect League, a collegiate wood bat league.
Jack also did a stint as an analyst on Cardinals Live, Fox Sports Midwest’s pre and post game shows.
In April 2010 Jack joined FM 101 ESPN in St. Louis as co-host of “St. Louis Baseball Tonight”. Currently, Jack has been working on a few new projects to be announced.
Jack currently resides in St. Louis Missouri.