Bill DeLancey

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William Pinkney DeLancey

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Biographical Information[edit]

Catcher Bill DeLancey was a part of the Gas House Gang, hitting 13 home runs in 93 games for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1934. He played four years in the majors.

DeLancey began in the minors in 1930 and by 1932 was one of the major leagues' youngest players. In the minors for most of 1932, he slugged nearly .600 for Springfield in the Western Association. After another season in the minors with the 1933 Columbus Red Birds for whom he hit 21 home runs and 11 triples, he came to the majors for all of 1934 and 1935.

He had the highest on-base percentage and the second-highest slugging percentage on the 1934 Cardinals and hit three doubles and a home run in the 1934 World Series.

After the 1935 season he developed lung problems and was out of baseball for a number of years. He came back in the minors in 1938 and 1939 for a few games each year and was up in the majors again in 1940 for 15 games.

In 1941 he was a player-manager in the minors and he also managed a couple more seasons in the minors.

He died on his birthday at the age of 35.

Notable Achievement[edit]

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1937 Albuquerque Cardinals Arizona-Texas League 56-59 3rd League Champs
1938 Albuquerque Cardinals Arizona-Texas League 67-65 3rd St. Louis Cardinals
1939 Albuquerque Cardinals Arizona-Texas League 70-60 2nd St. Louis Cardinals League Champs
1941 Pocatello Cardinals Pioneer League 64-66 4th St. Louis Cardinals Lost in 1st round
1942 Asheville Tourists Piedmont League 35-55 -- St. Louis Cardinals -- replaced by Ollie Vanek (26-22) on July 28

Further Reading[edit]

  • Thomas Ayers: "William 'Bill' DeLancey", in Charles F. Faber, ed.: The 1934 St. Louis Cardinals: The World Champion Gas House Gang, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2014, pp. 96-101. ISBN 978-1-933599-731

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