Garry Hancock

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Outfielder Garry Hancock played parts of six seasons in the majors.

Originally selected by the Texas Rangers in the 22nd round of the 1972 amateur draft, Hancock opted for college instead. Playing for the University of South Carolina, he was a member of the team that was runner-up in the 1975 College World Series. In the January 1976 amateur draft, he was drafted by the Cleveland Indians (the fifth time overall he was drafted), and he signed and made his pro debut that summer with the San Jose Bees.

Following the 1977 season, Hancock was traded to the Boston Red Sox for Jack Baker. He made his big league debut in June 1978 and played in 38 games for the Red Sox that summer. Back in the minors with the Pawtucket Red Sox in 1979, he led the International League with a .325 batting average. He was back in Boston for parts of the 1980, 1981, and 1982 seasons, but stuck behind Jim Rice, Dwight Evans, and Fred Lynn on the depth chart, he saw little playing time.

After the 1982 campaign, Hancock was dealt to the Oakland Athletics as part of a five-player trade. Over two seasons with the A's, he hit .263 with 8 home runs in 152 games.

Hancock's son, Justin Hancock, played two seasons in the Anaheim Angels organization. Garry died in 2015 at the age of 61.

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