1984 United States Baseball Team

1984_will_clark_olympic_sponsor_card_frontOne of the bigger snubs from the 1985 Topps Olympic Baseball team was Will Clark (read on to see who the other snubs were).  The Clark card pictured on the left is a USA Olympic Sponsor Card according to the back.  Not sure who produced them or when they were produced, I came across this one on eBay and purchased it for relatively cheap.  If anybody knows more about these cards it I would love to hear about it.

In the hectic exhibition schedule (35 games in 33 cities in 39 days) leading up to the 1984 Olympic Games, Clark batted .393 with 13 home runs and 35 runs batted in.  During the 5 game pool play and medal rounds, Clark went 9-21 (.429 – led team in average and hits) with 5 runs (tied for team lead), 2 doubles (tied for team lead), 3 home runs (tied for team lead) and 8 runs batted in (led team).  He showed up on most of the Olympic offensive leader boards, tied for 3rd in runs (5), tied for 2nd in hits (9), tied for 1st in home runs (3) and tied for 2nd in runs batted in (8).  The United States went 4-0 in the White Division pool and won their semi-final game 5-2 against Korea.  In the final game against Japan, the USA team lost 6-3 with Clark going 0-4.

1985 Topps Olympic Baseball Team Cards
#389 – Rod Dedeaux (Head Coach)
#390 – Sid Akins (P)
#391 – Flavio Alfaro (SS)
#392 – Don August (P)
#393 – Scott Bankhead (P)
#394 – Bob Caffrey (C)
#395 – Mike Dunne (P)
#396 – Gary Green (SS)
#397 – John Hoover (P)
#398 – Shane Mack (LF/RF)
#399 – John Marzano (C)
#400 – Oddibe McDowell (CF)
#401 – Mark McGwire (1B)
#402 – Pat Pacillo (P)
#403 – Cory Snyder (OF)
#404 – Billy Swift (P)

Olympic Baseball Team members who did not receive a 1985 Topps card include Will Clark, Chris Gwynn, Barry Larkin, B.J. Surhoff and Bobby Witt.  In the 1985 MLB Amateur Draft the first four players chosen were B.J. Surhoff (Brewers), Will Clark (Giants), Bobby Witt (Rangers) and Barry Larkin (Reds) with Chris Gwynn (Dodgers) drafted at the #10 spot.  All five of these players had careers that lasted 10 + years.  There were also some notable players cut just prior to the Olympics including  Ken Caminiti, Norm Charltom and Greg Swindell.

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