Clark Gives Back To UMass Baseball
March 8, 2010
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass baseball program recently received a donation of 35 gloves from Spalding that the Minutemen will put to good use this spring, a gift facilitated by former UMass outfielder Doug Clark. Clark, who has been in professional baseball since 1998, is a Spalding endorser and utilized his relationship with the company to give back to his former team.
"I am glad to be a part of the alumni family at the University of Massachusetts, more specifically the baseball alumni," said Clark. "As a graduate of UMass, I am always curious of the wants and needs at the University not only athletically but academically.
At this point in my life and career, the Spalding gloves that I am able to supply for the 2010 season is just a small token of appreciation I have for the program that Coach Stone has constructed and continues to build at UMass. I wish them the best of luck on their quest for a championship this season!"
"It's great to have Spalding involved with the UMass baseball team again," said head coach Mike Stone. "Their gloves have been worn by many professional ball players in the recent past and we look forward to outfitting our ballclub with their outstanding product this year. We appreciate the efforts of Doug Clark and Professor Steve McKelvey as they paved the way for this sponsorship to take place."
Clark, a two-year captain and two-time All-American, was a letterwinner for the Minutemen from 1996-98. He was selected by the San Francisco Giants in 1998 Major League Baseball draft and later played in six games with the Oakland Athletics in 2006.
The outfielder will begin his third season of Korean baseball this spring, playing for the Seoul Heroes. In 2008, his first year overseas, Clark hit 23 home runs with 80 RBI for Daejeon City and was named an all-star.