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Robert Clay Hopper

  • Bats Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 178 lb.

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As a player, Clay Hopper once hit four HR in one game for the Danville Veterans (St. Louis Cardinals farm club) of the Three-I League on July 17, 1927. Overall, he hit .331 in 1,280 games, with 1,418 hits, 262 2B, 124 3B, 125 HR, and 148 SB. Hopper had double digit 2B, 3B, HR, and SB in the same season 5 times.

In 1929, Hopper became a player-manager in the Cardinals' growing farm system with the Laurel Cardinals of the Cotton States League. His playing career ending in 1941, he stayed in the organization through 1942, where he had risen to the Houston Buffaloes. In 1943-1944, he wasn't managing in organized ball (military?). In 1945, Hopper moved to the Brooklyn Dodgers chain (following Papa Branch maybe?) with the Mobile Bears. He stayed in the organization through 1951, managing the Montreal Royals for 4 years and the St. Paul Saints for 2. Leaving farm systems, he managed the Portland Beavers from 1952-1955, then the Hollywood Stars for the Pirates in 1956. Overall his teams were 1916-1675 in 25 years.

Hopper was the manager for the Montreal Royals in 1946 when Jackie Robinson entered the Dodgers' system. He was named Minor League Manager of the Year that season after guiding Montreal to first place in the International League. In 2009 he was elected to the International League Hall of Fame.

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1929 Laurel Cardinals Cotton States League 59-63 4th St. Louis Cardinals
1931 Scottdale Cardinals Middle Atlantic League 78-55 4th St. Louis Cardinals
1932 Mobile Red Warriors Southeastern League 19-13 1st St. Louis Cardinals League disbanded May 21
Elmira Red Wings New York-Penn League 30-39 8th St. Louis Cardinals none replaced Jack Bentley (32-38) July 11
1933 Springfield Senators Mississippi Valley League 43-70 5th St. Louis Cardinals
1934 Greensburg Trojans Pennsylvania State Association 57-45 1st St. Louis Cardinals League Champs
1935 Greenwood Chiefs East Dixie League 52-84 8th St. Louis Cardinals
1936 Greensburg Red Wings Pennsylvania State Association 64-44 2nd St. Louis Cardinals Lost League Finals
1937 Springfield (MO) Cardinals Western Association 76-67 4th St. Louis Cardinals League Champs
1938 Springfield (MO) Cardinals Western Association 79-56 2nd St. Louis Cardinals Lost in 1st round
1939 Columbus (GA) Red Birds South Atlantic League 83-55 1st St. Louis Cardinals Lost in 1st round
1940 Columbus (GA) Red Birds South Atlantic League 88-63 2nd St. Louis Cardinals League Champs
1941 Columbus (GA) Red Birds South Atlantic League 68-69 3rd St. Louis Cardinals Lost in 1st round
1942 Houston Buffaloes Texas League 81-70 5th St. Louis Cardinals
1945 Mobile Bears Southern Association 74-65 3rd Brooklyn Dodgers League Champs
1946 Montreal Royals International League 100-54 1st Brooklyn Dodgers League Champs
1947 Montreal Royals International League 93-60 2nd Brooklyn Dodgers Lost in 1st round
1948 Montreal Royals International League 94-59 1st Brooklyn Dodgers League Champs
1949 Montreal Royals International League 84-70 3rd Brooklyn Dodgers League Champs
1950 St. Paul Saints American Association 83-69 4th Brooklyn Dodgers Lost in 1st round
1951 St. Paul Saints American Association 85-66 2nd Brooklyn Dodgers Lost League Finals
1952 Portland Beavers Pacific Coast League 92-88 4th none none
1953 Portland Beavers Pacific Coast League 92-88 4th none none
1954 Portland Beavers Pacific Coast League 71-94 8th none
1955 Portland Beavers Pacific Coast League 86-86 5th none none
1956 Hollywood Stars Pacific Coast League 85-83 4th Pittsburgh Pirates none


Also see: Minor League Wins by a Manager

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