Tom Lee Lloyd (Truck)
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 185 lb.
- Born June 12, 1920 in Fresno, CA USA
- Died September 3, 2000
Catcher Tom Lloyd played in the minor leagues for 12 seasons and managed at that level for five years. He began his career in 1937 and played until 1942. He then played from 1946 to 1951.
He debuted with the '37 Albuquerque Cardinals, hitting .292 and slugging .416. He tied for 6th in the Arizona-Texas League with 27 doubles. He saw scant action in 1938 between the Mobile Shippers (5 for 31, 2B) and Sacramento Solons (0 for 4). With Sacramento, he played AA ball, then the highest level of the minor leagues; he would never advance beyond that to The Show. He saw his only other AA action in 1939, going 1 for 4 for the Los Angeles Angels.
Lloyd had his only league-leading season in 1940 with the Vancouver Capilanos, hitting .313 with 28 home runs and a .566 slugging percentage. He led the Western International League in circuit clouts (one more than Wimpy Quinn and was fourth in slugging (trailing Danny Escobar, Smead Jolley and Quinn). He fell to .251 with a .377 slugging for the 1941 Wilmington Blue Rocks. He hit .233/?/.330 for the Harrisburg Senators. He did not play in 1943-1945, perhaps due to World War II service.
Returning to action in 1946, he struggled with the Elmira Pioneers and Hartford Chiefs, going a combined 15 for 86 with 4 walks, 3 doubles and a home run. In '47, Lloyd had one of his best seasons as he hit .398 with 35 home runs, 44 doubles, 126 runs scored and 157 RBI in 129 games for the Reno Silver Sox of the Sunset League. It was a high-powered, offensive league that year, however, so he did not lead the league in any categories. He was second to Paul Zaby in average, tied with 7th in runs, was 5th with 193 hits, was second in doubles (3 behind Zaby), third in home runs, second in RBI (behind Calvin Felix), second to Zaby in OBP and third in slugging (behind Felix and Phil Alotta). He also pitched, going 1-1, as well as serving as player-manager.
Back with Reno in 1948, he managed them to the Sunset League title. He did hit share at the plate, batting .331 with 38 doubles, 16 home runs and a .510 slugging percentage. He tied for 6th in the Sunset League in homers as well as finishing second to Henry Bartolomei with 38 doubles. He was player-manager of the 1949 Porterville Packers, hitting .306/?/.478 with 14 dingers (5th in the league, where home run levels had fallen significantly since 1947). In 1950, he began as Porterville's player-manager. He hit .316/.339/.427 in 30 games for them. He also appeared with the Bakersfield Indians (.257/.308/.376 in 32 G) and Medford Rogues (.312/.381/.441 in 46 G). He ended his career in 1951, spending time as player-manager of the Boise Pilots (.284, .448 SLG in 20 games) and also playing for the Las Vegas Wranglers (.288, .445 SLG in 95 G).
In 1,039 games, he hit .305 with 1,099 hits, 205 doubles, 28 triples and 124 home runs.