Bud Clancy

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John William Clancy

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 170 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

First baseman Bud Clancy signed with the Grand Rapids Billbobs of the Michigan-Ontario League in 1923. His first year, he played 86 games and hit .279. He was up and down from the minors to the majors like a yo-yo until 1934, when he finished his major league career after nine seasons, seven with the Chicago White Sox (1924-1930) plus time with the Brooklyn Dodgers (1932) and the Philadelphia Phillies (1934). Bud's best year came in 1927 for the White Sox, when he hit .300/.337/.373 while appearing in 130 games. Clancy ultimately hit .281/.325/.368 in 522 games, fielding at a .990 clip at first base.

Clancy's nine-year tour in the majors was intermingled with parts of 16 seasons in the minors, between 1923-1942. He played with seven different teams in seven leagues, hitting over .300 ten times. He batted .340 with the 1926 Little Rock Travelers in 141 games and .302 in 156 games with the Birmingham Barons in 1938. In 1941, 40 year old Bud hit .344 for the Santa Barbara Saints in 108 games. During this solid show of hitting, Bud never played fewer than 107 games.

Managerial Career[edit]

During the last four years of his career, Bud took up player-coaching. In his first shot, 1940, as player-manager of the Helena Seaporters of the Cotton States League, he finished third with a 71-60 record, 13 games back. In 1941, he led his Santa Barbara Saints to a 83-56 record and a second place finish, 6 1/2 games back. Bud, as player-manager, won the California League batting title with a .344 average and was named to the All-Star team as first baseman and manager. World War II caused the California League to suspend play on June 28, 1942, with Bud's team leading the league with a 43-24 record. In 1946, he took the job of managing the Bluefield Blue-Grays of the Appalachian League. The team finished seventh, 31.5 games back, with a 52-72 record. The only team that kept them from dead last was the Welch Miners at 33-84.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Playoffs Notes
1940 Helena Seaporters Cotton States League 71-60 3rd Lost in 1st round
1941 Santa Barbara Saints California League 83-56 2nd League Champs
1942 Santa Barbara Saints California League 43-24 1st
1946 Bluefield Blue-Grays Appalachian League 7th replaced Walter DeFreitas

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