AT&T PARK — Multiple times over the last eight years, former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dwight Clark played in the 49ers vs. San Francisco Giants Shoot-Out at Pebble Beach. It was there that manager Bruce Bochy first met the author of The Catch, and where he got to know the 49er great who passed away on Monday due to complications from ALS.
“I know he loved baseball, and we were talking about him coming into the dugout, when he was diagnosed, and unfortunately, it didn’t happen … what a great, fun guy to be around,” Bochy said. “We all walked on this thing, so we walked down the fairway together, talked about different things, and afterwards, we’d sit around, talk and have a beer.”
Clark, whose announced his diagnosis in March, was memorialized on his Twitter account by his wife, Kelly. Clark was 61.
“I’m heartbroken to tell you that today I lost my best friend and husband,” Kelly Clark tweeted. “He passed peacefully surrounded by many of the people he loved most. I am thankful for all of Dwight’s friends, teammates and 49ers fans who have sent their love during his battle with ALS.”
Clark was a 10th-round pick by the 49ers in the 1979 NFL Draft, and played his entire nine-year career in San Francisco. A two-time Pro Bowl selection and an All-Pro in 1982, Clark won two Super Bowls, but he is most known for the touchdown catch he made on a ball from Joe Montana to beat the Dallas Cowboys in the 1981 NFC title game. The 49ers retired Clark’s jersey No. 87 in 1988.
“He had fun, enjoyed life, had a passion for it, and it’s a sad day, today,” Bochy said. “I know he’s going to be sorely missed … If you were ever around Dwight, he had fun.”