Thursday, October 16, 2008SLIDERS SIGN FORMER CARDINAL JACK CLARK AS FIELD MANAGER
|SPRINGFIELD, IL - The Springfield Sliders have signed former St. Louis Cardinal and four-time Major League All-Star Jack Clark as the Sliders' new Field Manager for the 2009-2011 CICL seasons. A press conference is set for Friday, October 17, 2008 at Robin Roberts Stadium at Lanphier Park. The press conference will begin at 10:00 A.M. and will be held on field.
The signing of Clark is an unprecedented move in the CICL. Clark, formerly the hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers, becomes the highest profile manager in CICL history. “Sliders fans deserve the very best because of the support they have given us. It’s only right we return the favor. We are absolutely thrilled to have Jack Clark on board with us in Springfield. We couldn’t be more excited,” commented Sliders’ owner Jesse Bolder.
“Jack’s connections with the Cardinals add to the excitement for our fans. I mean this is Jack ‘The Ripper’. The guy who earned his nickname by launching the St. Louis Cardinals into the World Series with his game winning home run in 1985. He’s done TV work for the Cardinals, as well. So to have a guy of his caliber on field for the Sliders will be very exciting. He has great experience to share,” said Sliders’ owner Clark Eckhoff.
Jack Clark enjoyed an impressive 18-year playing career in major league baseball. Clark is locally celebrated for his time as a Cardinal from 1985-1987 where he hit that dramatic game winning home run in game six of the NLCS to send the Cardinals to the World Series and for his time as a TV broadcaster for the St. Louis Cardinals on FSN.
The San Francisco Giants selected Clark in the 13th round of the 1973 draft, where he played prior to joining the Cardinals. Clark later played for the New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, and Boston Red Sox prior to his retirement after the 1992 season. He compiled 340 big league home runs and tallied 1,180 RBI.
The Springfield Sliders are the defending Champions of the CICL. The CICL was formed in 1963 and has produced such players as Ryan Howard, Jonathon Papelbon, Joe Girardi, Kirby Puckett, and Mike Schmidt.
CONTACTS: Darren Feller, Assistant General Manager
Sunday, October 5, 2008Former CICL Team Owner and College Coach Passes Away
|Long-time baseball coach and CICL team owner Galen Woods passed away at home on September 25, 2008, surrounded by his family. Woods was the head baseball coach at Millikin University for 17 years from 1974-1989 and started the Decatur Blues franchise of the CICL in 1986 and operated the Blues for 15 years from 1986-2000.
Galen will be sorely missed by those lucky to have know him, and in this writer's case lucky to have been one of his sons.
Woods is survived by his wife of 57 years, Rita, four children Mike, Susan, Eric and Charley, and 14 grandchildren.
So long, Woods. I am sure the dugouts in Heaven are already enjoying your wit and humor. And that our beloved Cubs are finally champions.
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