Ellis Clary

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Ellis Clary

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Biographical Information[edit]

“Clary has a sharp wit... and his keen satire is more deadly than his fists – which is saying a great deal since he was quite a battler." - Bob Addie, 1957

Ellis Clary was a wartime bench player with two of the American League's more pathetic squads, the Washington Senators and St. Louis Browns. It was his good fortune to be around with the Browns in 1944, their lone pennant-winning season, logging one fruitless at bat in the World Series against instate rivals the St. Louis Cardinals. Clary finished his big league playing career in 1945, years later blaming the Browns' inability to win back-to-back pennants squarely on the presence of one-armed outfielder Pete Gray.

After his playing career, Ellis had a long-time association back in the fold of the notoriously penny-pinching Calvin Griffith, owner of the Senators. Ellis was a Senators coach from 1955 to 1960 and a Minnesota Twins scout for over two decades. He was also a scout for the Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays (for whom his business card listed his title as "Grand Master Scout and Lobby Gladiator"). He managed the Charlotte Hornets in the South Atlantic League in 1954 and 1961.

A member of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, Ellis died in Valdosta, GA at 83.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1954 Charlotte Hornets South Atlantic League 35-35 6th Washington Senators replaced Pete Appleton (27-42)

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