BGCGSD ALUM TONY CLARK INDUCTED INTO BGCA HALL OF FAME
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego alum Tony Clark, who is the Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, was inducted into the Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Alumni Hall of Fame at the 2017 National Conference in Dallas.
Growing up, Tony was an outstanding baseball and basketball player, and member of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater San Diego – Encanto Branch. As a high school senior, he averaged 43.7 points per game and broke Bill Walton's San Diego high school single-season scoring record. But baseball was his bread and butter. The Detroit Tigers drafted Tony with the second pick of the 1990 draft. Over a 15-year Major League Baseball career, the 6-foot-7 first baseman nicknamed "Tony the Tiger" batted .262 with 251 home runs and 824 RBIs. In retirement, Tony accepted an offer to join the Major League Baseball Players Association as director of player relations in 2010. In 2013, players unanimously elected him executive director of the MLBPA, making Tony the first former player, and first person of color, to hold one of baseball's most powerful positions.
Clark said, “The Boys & Girls Club in Encanto changed everything for me. It also changed things for my brothers and our friends. Each of us had dreams and aspirations, and the encouragement we received at the Club helped turn those dreams into realities. It was that same encouragement and support from the Boys & Girls Club that I kept with me throughout my career, and largely what excited me to try and get connected to each of the Boys Girls Clubs in the cities that I played for. It goes without saying that I remain grateful to all involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America for the impact they had on me as well as the difference they continue to have on the next generation of young dreamers.”
Clark joins a long list of successful athletes to have attended the BGCGSD, including fellow Encanto Branch alum Baltimore Orioles superstar Adam Jones.
Congratulations Tony from your BGCGSD family on achieving this wonderful honor.