Think back to all the best birthday presents you've ever received. I'm sure there have been some great ones, but how many of us can say that we made our Major League Baseball debut on our birthday? Better yet, how many can say they got their first Major League hit on their birthday?
That's exactly what Dave Clark did on September 3, 1986, his 24th birthday. In the top of the 8th inning, facing Dave Stieb at old Exhibition Stadium in Toronto, Clark hit a line drive to center that dropped in for a hit. The Indians went on to lose the game, but that's a memory he will never forget.
After retired in 1998, Clark worked his way up the Pirates lader as a hitting instructor, eventually spending two seasons with the big club. He has a local connection for me because he managed the Sally League's Hickory Crawdads.
After his time in Hickory he managed in the Astros system and is their current third base coach at the Major League level.