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Earl Clinton Collard

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

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Arizona native Hap Collard spent nine active seasons in professional baseball from 1924 to 1932. The right-hander started out his pro pitching career as a 25-year-old rookie with the Augusta Tygers of the class B South Atlantic League in 1924. He came up with a 15-10 record and a 3.04 ERA in 31 games in his first season. Collard moved up to the San Antonio Bears of the class A Texas League in 1925 and went 11-5 in 37 games in his second season. Hap had another good year in 1926, going 18-9 with a 3.46 ERA while appearing in 29 games for the Evansville Hubs of the Three-I League.

This type of performance put him on a big league mound for the Cleveland Indians on April 23, 1927. Hap appeared in four games for the Indians with no decisions and spent the rest of the season in the class A Southern Association with the New Orleans Pelicans, posting a 13-4 record with a 2.65 ERA at the league in 24 outings. He did well enough that he was back in the big leagues with the 1928 Indians and he appeared in one game, giving up four hits and four base-on-balls in four innings but had no decisions and would spend the rest of the season with the Seattle Indians of the AA Pacific Coast League. Seattle proved to be the closest thing to a war zone Collard could get into. He went 5-23 in 31 games in 1928.

The now thirty-year-old pitcher got off to what appeared would be another bad year and was 5-9 with Seattle before being picked up by the Shreveport Sports of the Texas League in mid-season. Hap went 10-2 the remainder of the year for the Sports, giving him a 15-11 over-all record for the 1929 season. His come-back was apparent to the Philadelphia Phillies and on October 7, 1929 the National League club picked Collard up in the 1929 Rule V Draft.

This move didn't do much for Hap or the 1930 Phillies. He posted a 6-12 record and a 6.30 ERA in 30 appearances and the Baker Bowl club finished dead last in the National League, behind manager Burt Shotton, with a 52-102 record. Collard finished out his career in the minor leagues with the Fort Worth Panthers of the Texas League and Sacramento Senators of the Pacific Coast League in 1931 at 6-11 and appeared in two games in 1932 with no decisions. This gave him minor league career numbers of 83 wins and 73 losses while pitching 1,427 innings in 223 games. Collard's major league numbers show he finished with a 6-12 career record with a 6.80 ERA in 30 appearances.

After baseball, Hap was a cattle rancher in Tuolumne County, CA, and the longtime owner of the Smoke Cafe in Jamestown. He died from a heart attack on July 7, 1968 at his home in Jamestown, CA. He was interred at the Casa Bonita Mausoleum in Stockton, CA. Earl Clinton Collard was 69 years of age.

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