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July 31, 2014

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Top 30 Las Vegas 51s Players:

21. Jerald Clark (1989-90)

In 1990, he hit a home run in four consecutive at bats

Jerald Clark

Jerald Clark

In three years with the Stars, 1988-1990, Clark never batted less than .301. An outfielder in his Triple-A days, Clark’s best year in Las Vegas was 1989, when he finished among the Pacific Coast League leaders in batting (.313), slugging percentage (.554), total bases (232) and RBI (83).

Among his highlights with Las Vegas, Clark tied a PCL record with four consecutive home runs. He accomplished the feat over two days, Aug. 3 and 4, 1990. He began the home run-hitting binge with a game-winning blast on Aug. 3 against the Edmonton Trappers. The next night, Clark homered in each of his first three at-bats to pace Las Vegas to an 8-6 victory over Edmonton.

Clark, who now sells real estate in San Diego, said he remembered coming to bat with the chance to hit a fifth consecutive home run, but instead he was struck by a pitch.

“I expected that,” Clark recalled, “and I charged the mound. Then I was thrown out of the game.”

Clark went on to play seven years in the major leagues, with stints in San Diego, Colorado and Minnesota. He holds a career MLB batting average of .257.

He retired from baseball in 1997.

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