The Giants will retire Will Clark’s #22 on Saturday, July 30 during a pregame ceremony. This marks only the 11th time in the team’s 139-year history they will retire a uniform number. The ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. PDT. Gates will open at 4:05 p.m. PDT. Fans are encouraged to arrive early.
In attendance will be a star-studded cast of former Giants legends. Here’s the full list of attendees in addition to Clark:
- Larry Baer – Giants President & CEO
- Farhan Zaidi – Giants President of Baseball Operations
- Orlando Cepeda – Giants Hall of Famer
- Gabe Kapler – Giants Manager
- Bruce Bochy – Giants Special Advisor
- Barry Bonds – Giants Special Advisor
- Mike Krukow – Giants Broadcaster
- Duane Kuiper – Giants Broadcaster
- Dave Dravecky – Giants Community Ambassador
- Jeffrey Leonard – Giants Community Ambassador
- Kevin Mitchell – Forever Giant
- Buster Posey – Forever Giant
- Robby Thompson – Forever Giant
- Eric Byrnes – Friend and Former MLB Player
Drafted by the Giants in the first round (second overall pick) of the 1985 June draft, Clark spent his first eight big league seasons in a San Francisco uniform, compiling a .299 batting average with 176 home runs and 709 RBI in 1,160 games. One of the best clutch hitters of his time, Clark hit over .300 on 10 occasions. In 1988, he became the first Giants player to drive in 90 or more runs in consecutive seasons since Bobby Murcer in 1975-76. He had one of his finest seasons in 1989, when he batted .333 with 111 RBI, and finished second in the NL Most Valuable Player voting to Giants teammate Kevin Mitchell. He was, however, named MVP of the ’89 NLCS, after batting .650 with a pair of homers and eight RBI, helping San Francisco defeat Chicago four-games-to-one.
One of the premier first basemen in the National League during his time with San Francisco, Clark was also an outstanding defensive player, winning a Rawlings Gold Glove in 1991. The New Orleans, LA native owned a .303 lifetime average with 284 home runs and 1,205 RBI over 1,976 career games for the Giants (1986-1993), Rangers (1994-98), Orioles (1999-2000) and Cardinals (2000).