Will Clark Is the Best 1B Not in the HOF

will-clark-si.jpgMy infatuation with Will Clark is documented and supported by 300-plus cards and one ill-fated mustache. Of course, even I don’t think he’s a Hall of Famer, but someone out there kinda sorta does.

With the Class of ’08 being announced today (Goose Gossage and Jim Rice may squeak in, though Gossage, Tim Raines and Bert Blyleven may be most deserving), Baseball Analysts posts the best player at each position currently eligible for but not in the Hall. They’re the “All-Overlooked” starting eight, and Keith Hernandez, Don Mattingly and others need not apply for 1B:

Clark’s peak was tremendous, and there is little doubt that toiling for the better part of his career in Candlestick Park hampered the general public’s appreciation for him. A terrific gloveman, Bill James famously ranked Clark among the best first baseman in baseball history in The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract. A Hall with Orlando Cepeda, Jim Bottomley and Tony Perez ought to be able to make some room for Clark.

Not mentioned is that he’s also a master swordsman. Look at that unibrow!

For real, it’s good to see Clark getting recognition. I’ve long maintained that he may have been the best player in baseball during the five-year span from ’87-’91 and he has the great intangibles (a .650 batting average in the ’89 NLCS, an amazing finish with the Cardinals in ’00, the “Will to win,” etc.) that voters love. Alas, he went from rocking 4% of the vote in ’06 to 0% last year, so let’s not hold our breath.

Update: Predictably, Goose got in. Sadly, Clark did not.

3 thoughts on “Will Clark Is the Best 1B Not in the HOF”

  1. I see some of the folks in and he’s better then half the first basemen already in the hall. I find it funny that everyone is so exclusionary about the hall, unless they were writers best friends.

    I just wonder when Jack Morris will get into the hall

  2. Will Clark was the greatest; my favorite player of all time. Unfortunately, I don’t think he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. Had he kept up the numbers for another 5-7 years, he could have been a shoo-in, but injuries got to him at too young an age.

    But as Unsilent noted above, how can you forget a swing like that one?

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