Buddy Biancalana

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Roland Americo Biancalana

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Biographical Information[edit]

Buddy Biancalana briefly achieved nation-wide fame as the starting shortstop on the World Champion 1985 Kansas City Royals. He only assumed the starter's role at the end of the year, taking over for Onix Concepcion, and hit .188 with no power in 138 at bats during the regular season. However, he was a dependable fielder, and did fairly well in the post-season, going 4 for 18 in the 1985 ALCS against the Toronto Blue Jays and 5 for 18 in the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. He somehow managed to capture talk-show host David Letterman's imagination for being the least-known starter on a team that was full of unheralded players, and for his long name which barely fit on the back of his uniform. He appeared on Letterman's show a few times, but faded from view when he returned to his normal level of play in 1986, losing his starter's job.

Biancalana has managed in the minor leagues, most recently with the Amarillo Dillas of the United League in 2006 and 2007.

Notable Achievement[edit]

Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
2001 Charleston RiverDogs South Atlantic League 64-76 12th Tampa Bay Devil Rays
2002 Charleston RiverDogs South Atlantic League 60-76 14th Tampa Bay Devil Rays
2003 Lakewood Blue Claws South Atlantic League 57-81 14th Philadelphia Phillies
2006 Amarillo Dillas United League 39-50 5th Independent Leagues
2007 Amarillo Dillas United League 47-48 3rd Independent Leagues

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