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Morris Medlock Hancken

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[edit] Biographical Information

Catcher Buddy Hancken played in just one major league game, never getting a chance to bat. He had been brought to spring training in 1940 because he had experience catching knuckleballers, one year after playing for the Pacific Coast League Champions Seattle Rainiers in 1939. Unfortunately for him, the Philadelphia Athletics sent their two knuckleball pitchers down to the minors, and Hancken's skills were no longer needed. He was sent down to the Williamsport Grays in 1940 and the Buffalo Bisons in 1941. He then missed the 1942 through 1946 seasons due to voluntary retirement and military service.

Hancken was a player/manager in the minors from 1948 to 1953. He scouted for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1954-1959, the Washington Senators in 1960, Minnesota Twins in 1961, and New York Mets in 1962. He managed in the minors in 1963 and 1966-1967. Hancken was a Houston Astros coach from 1968 to 1972.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II (GB).

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1948 Greenville Majors Big State League 40-51 -- none -- replaced by Nat Love (12-42) July 19
1949 Waco Pirates Big State League 76-72 4th Pittsburgh Pirates League Champs
1950 Waco Pirates Big State League 72-76 6th Pittsburgh Pirates
1951 Columbia Reds South Atlantic League 46-92 8th Cincinnati Reds
1952 Baton Rouge Red Sticks Evangeline League 76-64 3rd none Lost League Finals
1953 Lake Charles Lakers Gulf Coast League 54-89 8th none
1963 Batavia Pirates New York-Penn League 63-67 3rd Pittsburgh Pirates League Champs
1966 Amarillo Sonics Texas League 77-63 2nd Houston Astros Lost in 1st round
1967 Amarillo Sonics Texas League 75-65 2nd Houston Astros none

[edit] Further Reading

  • Larry Stone: "Those were the most wonderful days I believe I ever had", in Mark Armour, ed.: Rain Check: Baseball in the Pacific Northwest, Society for American Baseball Research, Cleveland, OH, 2006, p. 105.

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