Clay Bryant
Born: (1911-11-16)November 16, 1911
Madison Heights, Virginia, U.S.
Died: April 9, 1999(1999-04-09) (aged 87)
Boca Raton, Florida, U.S.
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 19, 1935, for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
September 26, 1940, for the Chicago Cubs
Career statistics
Win–loss record32–20
Earned run average3.73
Career highlights and awards

Claiborne Henry Bryant (November 16, 1911 – April 9, 1999) was an American pitcher in Major League Baseball who played from 1935 through 1940 for the Chicago Cubs. Listed at 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m), 195 lb (88 kg), Bryant batted and threw right handed. He was born in Madison Heights, Virginia.[1]

Bryant spent parts of six seasons in the Minor Legues before joining the Cubs in 1935.[1] His most productive season came in 1938, when he won 19 games with a 3.10 earned run average and led the National League with 135 strikeouts, while pitching seven consecutive complete games, winning six of them in the first 25 days in September, to help the Cubs erase a nine-game deficit and capture an unlikely pennant.[2]

Bryant went 32–20 with a 3.73 ERA in parts of six seasons for the Cubs. He began to experience elbow and shoulder pain, and this led to his retirement from baseball in 1940.[1]

Bryant was an exceptionally good hitting pitcher in his six-year major league career, posting a .266 batting average (51-for-192), scoring 48 runs, with 5 home runs and 28 RBI.[1]

Afterwards, Bryant was a longtime manager in the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers minor league system, and also served as a pitching coach for the Dodgers in 1961 and the Cleveland Indians in 1967 and 1974.[1] He also was a roving pitching instructor in the Cleveland organization. Ned Garver said he learned the fundamentals of pitching from Bryant when he managed the Newark Moundsmen.[3]

Bryant managed winter ball for the Leones del Caracas club of the Venezuelan League, guiding his team to the 1956–1957 pennant[4] while advancing to the 1957 Caribbean Series.

Bryant died in 1999 in Boca Raton, Florida, at the age of 87.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Clay Bryant Stats". Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  2. ^ "Clay Bryant 1938 Pitching Game Logs". Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  3. ^ Garver, Ned; Bozman, Bill; Joyner, Ronnie (2003). Touching All the Bases. Pepperpot Productions, Inc. p. 101. ASIN B00B6JBVV6.
  4. ^ Gutiérrez, Daniel; González, Javier (2006). Records de la Liga Venezolana de Béisbol Profesional (LVBP). ISBN 978-980-6996-01-4.