Tom Clark

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Tom Clark (1941 - ) is an artist, poet, editor and biographer. His original oil painting, signed in the lower right corner, depicts Reggie Jackson and Joe Rudi, famous members of the great Oakland Athletics teams of the early 1970s, seated in the dugout in uniform, appearing excited and amused about something that apparently just happened in a game. This is one of a series of paintings of baseball players that Clark did to accompany his book of poetry Fan Poems (Plainfield, Vermont: North Atlantic Books, 1976).

Tom Clark became a fan of the Oakland Athletics when he was living in the East Bay in the 1970s. In addition to his self-illustrated collection of baseball poetry, Clark wrote a book about Charles O. Finley and the Oakland A’s (Champagne and Baloney: The Rise and Fall of Finley’s A’s. New York: Harper & Row, 1976), and with Mark “the Bird” Fidrych he wrote No Big Deal (Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1977), an account of Fidrych’s phenomenal 1976 season as a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers. Clark has also served as poetry editor of The Paris Review, and he is the author of several other literary biographies (including works on Jack Kerouac and Charles Olson), collections of poetry and essays. He currently resides in Bolinas, California.