Bud Clancy Essentials

Bats: L Throws: L
Height: 72 Weight: 170
Born: Saturday, September 15, 1900 in Odell, IL USA
Died: 9 26 1968 in Ottumwa, IA USA
Debut: 8/29/1924
Last Game: 6/27/1934
Full Name: John William Clancy


A player that ended up being best known for doing nothing (more on that later), John “Bud” Clancy was born on September 15th, 1900 in Odell, Illinois.

Bud would make his debut with the White Sox at the age of 23 in August of 1924. Playing behind longtime first baseman Earl Sheely, Bud would not see much playing time until 1927 when Sheely’s decline began. Bud was the first act in a revolving door at first base for the Pale Hose over the next several seasons. After maintaining everyday duties in 27 and again in 28 Bud’s time was reduced in 29 and again in 30. In 449 games with the White Sox he would hit .279 hit 11 HR’s and drive in 175 runs.

Bud is best known for his feat that took place on April 27th, 1930 against the St. Louis Browns. In that game Clancy became the first first baseman to ever play in a game and not record a single putout or assist in the game. 27 outs and Bud didn’t figure into a single one of them, becoming a piece of baseball history for doing absolutely nothing. Only five other first basemen in MLB history can say the same, Clancy will forever be the first.

Bud would go on to play for two more seasons. One in Brooklyn and one in Philly, but was used in a utility role in both stops.

Bud would pass away in 1968 just days after his 68th birthday and he is buried in the town he was born in.