A celebration of 30 years of excellence, competition, friendship and passion for the great game of baseball. Every day for the next year there will be snippets, trivia, recollection and remembrances of the CFCL – a fantasy baseball league started by two friends back in 1984.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Meet Clark Kents
Tom Clark was a classmate of the Ruffins, Rebels and Copperfields at OPRF as well as a teammate on many recreational softball teams. Tom didn't join the CFCL until well after high school, however, coming on board in 1992 and staying with the league for four years. His high-water mark was 3rd place in 1994, his only money place finish. In additional to participating in fantasy baseball and playing recreational softball, Tom umpired a lot of games for the local leagues. He also is one of the chief architects of one of the most memorable Incidents in CFCL history. It's time now to meet Clark Kents.
Q1. How did you come to join
I cannot recall the specifics, but I believe Dave Holian invited me to fill
an opening in your league. Dave and I had been members of fantasy baseball
league that folded after only one season, and he must have seen me as an owner
who would not threaten his chances to win.
Q2. Did you have previous
fantasy baseball experience? Have you
After leaving the CFCL, I was a co-owner of a fantasy team for one season
in the mid 90s, but no longer consider myself a baseball fan. I'm not sure if
it was the addition of the wildcard and inter-league play, the season-ending
strike in 1994, the McGuire-Sosa theatrics, the resulting steroid-fueled Bonds
home run chase, the all-star game becoming so insignificant that a tie-game
became an acceptable result, or the requirement to watch four-hour baseball
games from late March into early November, but somewhere along the way I stopped
caring. I have not watched a pitch of Cubs baseball all season.
Q3. It’s been 18 years since
you resigned from the league. Do you have any specific
My lasting memory of the league is that Dave Mahlan brought not one, but
two three-ring binders to the draft; a sign that I was out of my league.
Q4. Your team name certainly
had a “super” feel to it. Were you a Superman fan or did you think that Clark
Addisons was too obvious of a team
From your question, I assume my team name was the Clark Kents. I remember
debating whether my team name should be the Clark Kents or the Clark Bars.
While I am not a fan of the Superman franchise, I think I was hoping my players
would perform like "supermen."
Q5. At the draft you would
often sit next to the Ruffins and look over their shoulder at their draft
information. Was this a strategy to get in the head of the Ruffins or was it
your form of draft prep?
I'm sure I sat next to the Ruffins so I could make sarcastic comments about
the other owners without anyone of them hearing.
Q6. Are you aware that you
were a part of the greatest video moment in CFCL history? (hint: it was the
Darryl Strawberry Incident) Do you remember
I have no recollection of the Darryl Strawberry incident, but I am happy to
have left a legacy.
Q7. Since leaving the CFCL
you have established a successful law practice in Oak Park. How long have you
been practicing and what is your
In my practice, which I started in 2009, I concentrate on wills, trusts,
and special needs planning. My focus on special needs planning, which involves
helping parents meet the current and future needs of their disabled children, is
the product of my son being diagnosed with Autism.