Web Posted: Feb 2 2012 12:00:00:000AM
COLUMBIA, Mo –Long-time Show-Me STATE GAMES volunteer and former powerlifting sports commissioner Bill Clark received the Legend in Scouting award from the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation earlier this year.
Clark was honored on Saturday, Jan. 14 in Los Angeles at the ninth annual Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation Banquet. Chris Rose served as the master of ceremonies and Bo Derek, Rob Reiner, Joe Mantegna and Larry King were special presenters. Other honorees at the event included Johnny Bench, Frank Robinson and Al Rosen.
During almost five decades of scouting, Clark scouted for the Braves, Pirates, Reds and Padres, in roles ranging from Bird Dog to International Scouting Director. He was instrumental in building the International Programs for Atlanta and San Diego. His scouting career brought him all over the United States and the world. He scouted in more than 40 countries during his career, from Australia to the Dominican Republic to Hong Kong and just about everywhere in between.
Although this award specifically recognized Clark’s achievements in scouting, he is truly a “Renaissance Man” and “Baseball’s Leonardo da Vinci” as described by Braves Country Magazine and writer Bill Nowlin, respectively. Clark is a graduate of the University of Missouri and has written a column in the Columbia Daily Tribune since 2004. He has officiated for more than 20 different sports ranging from the local level to the international level. Clark has written three books, including a history of the Show-Me STATE GAMES. He has held more than 200 age-group records in weight lifting. He and his wife Delores raised five children.
“Clark is truly a legend, and not just in scouting,” said Ken Ash, Executive Director of the Show-Me STATE GAMES. “This is just one of many well-deserved honors he has received, and I am proud to call him a personal friend and a great friend of the Show-Me STATE GAMES.”
The Show-Me STATE GAMES was established in 1985 as a non-profit program of the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness & Health. Now the largest state games in the nation, the Show-Me STATE GAMES is hosted by the University of Missouri. In addition to the summer games, the Show-Me STATE GAMES offers events throughout the year to promote health, fitness, family and fun. The Show-Me STATE GAMES generates $15 million in economic impact annually in Columbia. For a complete schedule of events and more details about the Show-Me STATE GAMES, visit www.smsg.org or call 573-882-2101.
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