Bud Clancy

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John William Clancy

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

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Biographical Information[edit]

First baseman Bud Clancy signed on with the Grand Rapids Billbobs of the Michigan-Ontario League in 1923. His first year, played 86 games with a .279 hitting average. He would be up and down from the minors to the majors like a yo-yo until 1934 when he finished out his major league career after nine seasons, seven with the Chicago White Sox (1924-30), finishing up with the Brooklyn Dodgers in '32 and the Philadelphia Phillies in 1934. Bud's best year came in 1927 for the White Sox, when he hit an even .300 while appearing in 130 games. Clancy finished up his major league time with a .281 hitting average in 522 games. He handled the first base job well, fielding at a .990 percentage.

Clancy's nine-year tour in the majors was intermingled with a 16 year jaunt in the minors (1923-42). Throughout this part of his baseball life, he would be with seven different teams in seven leagues, although in a very traveled way. Bud would hit over .300 ten times in his minor league career, with a high of .340 with the 1926 Little Rock Travelers in 141 games to a low of .302 in 156 games with the Birmingham Barons in 1938. Clancy topped off his 1941 season at age 40 by hitting .344 for the Santa Barbara Saints in 108 games. During this solid show of hitting, with his .300-plus averages, Bud was never under 107 games played.

Managerial Career[edit]

During the last four years of his career, Bud took up managing, as most long-time ballplayers want to try. In his first shot at it in 1940, as player-manager of the Helena Seaporters of the Cotton States League, he finished third with a 71-60 record, 13 games back.

1941 brought a great improvement for Bud as he led his Santa Barbara Saints to a 83-56 record and a second place finish, 6.5 games back. Bud, as player manager, won the California League hitting title with a .344 average, and also was named to the All-Star team as the first baseman and team manager.

World War II would cause the California League to suspend play on June 28, in 1942 with Bud's team leading the league with a 43-24 record.

Four years went by, it was 1946 and Bud was 45 years old and he took the job of managing the Bluefield Blue-Grays of the Appalachian League. The team finished seventh, 31.5 games back with a 52-72 record. The only thing that kept Bud from being dead last was that the Welch Miners were in the league at 33-84. Records show that somewhere in the season Walter DeFreitas was also the manager but it is not clear if he started this year or finished it.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Playoffs Notes
1940 Helena Seaporters Cotton States League 71-60 3rd Lost in 1st round
1941 Santa Barbara Saints California League 83-56 2nd League Champs
1942 Santa Barbara Saints California League 43-24 1st
1946 Bluefield Blue-Grays Appalachian League 7th replaced Walter DeFreitas

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