Will ClarkBaseball Player, 1980-2000
Jesuit High School/Mississippi State/MLB
- After a sensational career at Jesuit High School, went on to star at Mississippi State University and then in the major leagues.
- Played 16 seasons in the major leagues during which he played 1,976 games, batted .303 and hit 284 home runs.
- Three year letter winner on the baseball team at Jesuit High School.
- Helped lead Jesuit to the Class 4A baseball title in 1980 and lettered three years for the Blue Jays. He hit .560 as a senior in 1982 and also had 81 career runs batted in and 71 career runs scored.
- Started three seasons at Mississippi State University, earning All-America honors.
- In 1985, earned the Golden Spikes Award, given annually to the top collegiate baseball player in the nation, and was selected by the San Francisco Giants with the second overall pick in the 1985 draft.
- A member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic Tour, during which he batted .393 and hit 13 homers in 35 games. During the five-game tournament of the 1984 Olympics, batted .429 with three home runs and eight runs batted in.
- Hit a home run on his first major league at bat off Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan.
- Registered one of the most productive performances in post season play with a .650 batting average in 1989.
- Inducted into the New Orleans Professional Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007, the Louisiana High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.