Thursday, April 8, 2021

1981 Topps Bob Clark

The front: In 1980 the Angels were still playing their spring ball in Palm Springs, with mountains on all sides of the ballpark.

The back: 24-2! The Angels scored 8 runs in the first, then 3, 2, 3, 1 and 5 in the next five innings, and two more in the eighth. Despite the 26 runs the game was over in 2:41. The beginning of the game was particularly wild - Rod Carew walked, Carney Lansford and Dan Ford reached on errors, and then Don Baylor hit a grand slam home run. Clark actually then made the first out of the game before the Angels scored another four runs in the inning.

The player: Usually known as Bobby, Clark was mostly a backup outfielder for the Angels and Brewers from 1979 to 1985. In 396 games he hit .239 with 19 HR and 100 RBI.

The man: Clark is now a youth baseball coach in California.

My collection: I have 16 of his cards, from 1980 to 1986. I would be interested in trading for 1984 Fleer Update #25.

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