Thursday, January 28, 2010

#262 Bud Daley

#262 Bud Daley
Say, wait a minute! The Indians didn't wear pinstripes in the 1960s, did they? Why, no! No they didn't! Those are Yankee pinstripes, as Bud was traded to Cleveland on November 27, 1964. This is the veteran's last baseball card, as the Tribe released him on April 9. Sad but true.

Fun facts about Bud Daley:

-Hailing from Orange, CA, Bud signed with the Indians as a teen in 1951.

-Daley's (non-throwing) right arm was withered. When he was born, the doctor used a medical instrument to deliver him and slipped, pinching the right arm and damaging nerves in his shoulder.

-Despite a strong minor league record (78-49 in the Cleveland farm system), the knuckleballer struggled in parts of three seasons with his first big league club, going 3-9 with a 4.87 ERA before being dealt in early 1958 to Baltimore, who in turn flipped him to Kansas City.

-After posting a 3.31 ERA in relief in his first year with the A's, he became the top starter for the cellar-dwellers with back-to-back All-Star appearances in 1959 and 1960. He led the club with 16 wins in each of those two seasons and completed 25 games total. His 3.16 ERA in 1959 was eighth-best in the league.

-Tossed four consecutive complete games from May 23-June 6, 1959. In that span, he was 4-0 with an 0.75 ERA, allowing four runs (three earned) on 26 hits in 36 innings. He struck out 17 and walked three, and even contributed with the bat. In those four games, Bud batted .375 (6-for-16) with 7 RBI. When you're hot, you're hot!

-In 1960, he formed a "Daley Double" battery with A's catcher Pete Daley (no relation).

-Bud was traded to the Yankees during the 1961 season and contributed to back-to-back World Champions in 1961 and 1962, including a 3.59 ERA in 43 games in the latter season.

-He shined in World Series play, allowing six hits and two runs (both unearned) in eight innings spanning three postseason games. When starter Ralph Terry was chased in the third inning of Game Five of the 1961 Series, Bud put out the fire and went the distance, earning the win in the clinching game of the Fall Classic.

-An arm injury midway through the 1964 season prematurely ended his career. He finished with a 60-64 record in parts of ten seasons with a 4.03 ERA.

-He and his wife Dorothy owned B & D Sprinklers, a lawn sprinkler company in Lander, WY. Currently, they are enjoying retirement in Riverton, WY.
#262 Bud Daley (back)

3 comments:

  1. If your name was Leavitt Leo Daley you'd go by 'Bud', too.

    I think he started the first game I ever saw in Memorial Stadium. I know it was the Yankees we played and I know Brooks hit a home run. Might have been this game but I don't remember it being a doubleheader. Dunno.

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  2. I have played a lot of golf with Bud. He is a hell of a golfer and shoots his age regularly.

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