Clark was eye witness to many iconic baseball moments during his more then quarter century in the Big Leagues. He worked behind home plate calling balls and strikes during Randy Johnson’s first no-hitter in Seattle, was behind the plate when Nolan Ryan earned his 300th win in Milwaukee’s County Stadium, witnessed Yankee Dave Raghetti’s July 4th no-hitter at Yankee Stadium in 1983. He was at Candlestick Park in San Francisco when the ’89 Earthquake World Series was postponed for ten days and was behind home plate when Cal Ripken Jr. tied Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games played streak and watched with admiration from third base the next night when Ripken became the all time leader. He was also a member of umpire crews that were first to umpire at The Jake, Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Camden Yards in Baltimore and The Ball Park in Arlington (Texas), along with closing the cavernous Cleveland Stadium.
Clark is the answer to baseball trivia, too. He is the first and only ever Jewish Umpire ever hired by the American League. He is the only person in all professional sports to ever wear his name on his hat…AL for “AL” Clark….and American League, too He also ejected his dad, veteran New Jersey sportswriter, Herb from the Umpire’s Dressing Room at old Yankee Stadium.
He has recently been touring the country promoting his new book, Called Out But Safe, A Baseball Umpire’s Journey, published May 1, 2014 by The University of Nebraska Press. The book is available on Amazon.com and most book stores all over the country. Most reviews have been extraordinary, but like all reviews of umpire’s work, some leave something to be desired. This baseball and life’s book has already been enjoyed by thousands of baseball fans nationwide.