Grand Slam Award
The Penguin Nation Grand Slam Award is a new recognition given to a dedicated group of community members. "I felt very compelled to make this award," said Gibert. "These people have—through dogged determination and philanthropic investment—brought baseball back to Clark College after 19 years absence."
For their dedication in raising funds and providing labor, equipment and supplies to refurbish Clark's baseball field, the following people received personalized Clark baseball shirts or engraved baseball bats: Jim Raines (Vancouver); Jon Girod, Quail Construction, Inc. (Vancouver); Ron King, 3 Kings Environmental, Inc. (Battle Ground); Jack Grover, RJG Corp. (Vancouver); Randy Myers (Battle Ground); Bob DeAngelo, Target Specialty Products (Vancouver); current Clark baseball head coach Don Freeman (Battle Ground); and assistant coach, Rip Ramsey (Vancouver).
Many noteworthy alumni played baseball at Clark College. Randy Myers, with four all-star selections and a World Series championship in 1990 with the Cincinnati Reds, credits his coach at Clark College, Vern Kindsfather, for his exciting career. This is the first year since 1992 that Clark has fielded a varsity baseball team and the first year it has ever played home games on campus. The newly renovated field was dedicated on May 7 as Vern Kindsfather field in honor of the Clark baseball veteran who coached at Clark for 25 years. Kindsfather retired in 1987 and passed away in 2008.