Buddy Hicks

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Buddy Hicks
Born: (1927-02-15)February 15, 1927
Belvedere, California
Died: December 8, 2014(2014-12-08) (aged 87)
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 17, 1956, for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
July 18, 1956, for the Detroit Tigers
MLB statistics
Batting average .213
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 5

Clarence Walter "Buddy" Hicks (February 15, 1927 – December 8, 2014) was an American former professional baseball player and manager. Primarily a shortstop during his 17-year active career (1944; 1947–62), he also played third base and first base. Hicks was a switch hitter who threw right-handed, standing 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) tall and weighing 170 pounds (77 kg).

Hicks had a 26-game trial with the 1956 Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball, garnering ten hits in 47 at bats for a .213 batting average, with two doubles and five runs batted in.[1][2] The rest of his career was spent in minor league baseball, with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Tigers, Boston/Milwaukee Braves and Philadelphia Phillies organizations. In 1,854 minor league games, he batted .273 with 63 home runs.[3]

He spent a decade (1960–69) as a minor league manager, working for the Braves and Washington Senators, including all or parts of three seasons at the Double-A level.


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