Video: Will Clark inducted into Mississippi State Baseball Ring of Honor
New Orleans native Will Clark was inducted into Mississippi State’s Ron Polk Ring of Honor during a ceremony last weekend in Starkville, Miss.
in conjunction with MSU’s opening series of the baseball season, Clark was one of six former Bulldog players and coaches to be honored in the inaugural class. The Ring of Honor is named after Ron Polk, legendary head coach at Mississippi State from 1976-97 and 2002-08.
Clark was a two-time All-American during his Bulldog playing career in 1983-85. He was the 1985 Golden Spikes Award winner, awarded to the nation’s most outstanding collegiate player. He went on to play 15 seasons in the major leagues, which included six all-star seasons. Clark attended Jesuit High School in New Orleans.
The other honorees included Polk, Dudy Noble (head coach from 1920-47), Jeff Brantley (player from 1982-85), Rafael Palmeiro (player from 1983-85), and Dave “Boo” Ferriss (player from 1941-42).
Bronze statues of Clark and Palmeiro, known as “Thunder and Lightning” during their MSU playing career together, were unveiled at the opening of the newly-renovated Mississippi State baseball stadium:
Click here for additional information on the Crescent City Sports website about Clark’s career.
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Richard Cuicchi, Founder of the Metro New Orleans Area Baseball Player Database and a New Orleans area baseball historian, maintains TheTenthInning.com website. He also authored the book, Family Ties: A Comprehensive Collection of Facts and Trivia About Baseball’s Relatives. He has contributed to numerous SABR-sponsored Bio Project and Games Project books.