Jean Dubuc

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Jean Dubuc
Jean Dubuc baseball card.jpg
Jean Dubuc baseball card
Born: (1888-09-15)September 15, 1888
St. Johnsbury, Vermont
Died: August 28, 1958(1958-08-28) (aged 69)
Fort Myers, Florida
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 25, 1908, for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
September 26, 1919, for the New York Giants
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 84–76
Earned run average 3.04
Strikeouts 438

Jean Joseph Octave "Chauncey" Dubuc (September 15, 1888 – August 28, 1958) was a Major League Baseball pitcher. He played with the Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, and New York Giants during his nine-year career. Dubuc had an overall record of 85–76 with a 3.04 ERA.

Early life and amateur career

Born in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, Dubuc began his baseball career at Saint Michael's College in Vermont. Dubuc, who attended Saint Michael's as a high school student and threw a no-hitter for the Purple Knights' college team against the University of Vermont in 1906, was elected to the St. Michael's Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006.[1]

After one year at St. Michael's, Dubuc transferred to the University of Notre Dame, where he was 14–2 in the 1907 and 1908 seasons. During the early summer of 1908, Dubuc was caught playing a semi-pro game under an assumed name and was declared ineligible to continue his baseball career at Notre Dame. He quickly signed with the Cincinnati Reds and debuted in the Major Leagues on June 25, 1908.

Major League Baseball career

After compiling a 7–13 record in two seasons with the Reds, Dubuc was sent to the minor leagues. During the 1910 and 1911 seasons, Dubuc played with minor league teams in Buffalo and Montreal. He compiled a 21–11 record with Montreal in 1911, which caught the attention of Detroit Tigers owner, Frank Navin. Dubuc signed with the Tigers and was part of the Tigers' starting rotation for five consecutive years from 1912–1916. In five seasons with Detroit, Dubuc was 72–60 with 90 complete games.

His best season was 1912, when his 17–10 record put him among the AL leaders in winning percentage (.630), complete games (23), games started (33), and shutouts (2).

In 1917 and 1918, Dubuc played for Salt Lake in the Pacific Coast League. His 22–16 record with Salt Lake in 1917 got the attention of the Boston Red Sox. After the PCL season finished in 1918, Dubuc joined the Boston Red Sox on July 25, 1918. He pitched only two games for the Red Sox and had only a single pinch-hitting at-bat for the Sox in Game 2 of the 1918 World Series.

Dubuc played for the New York Giants in 1919, playing in 36 games–33 as a relief pitcher. Dubuc was 6-4 for the Giants with a career low ERA of 2.66. Despite the strong performance, Dubuc was released by John McGraw of the Giants after the 1919 season. McGraw later stated publicly that he released Dubuc because he "constantly associated" with Sleepy Bill Burns, a gambler who played with Dubuc on the 1912 Tigers and was a central figure in the Black Sox Scandal.[2]

Chicago Black Sox Scandal

After playing with Toledo in 1920, Dubuc was implicated in the Black Sox scandal during grand jury testimony in September 1920. Pitcher Rube Benton testified that he had seen a telegram addressed to Dubuc, believed to be from Dubuc's former teammate Sleepy Bill Burns advising Dubuc: "Bet on the Cincinnati team today."

After being linked to the scandal, Dubuc went to Canada. Though reported in some articles to have been banned from baseball [3][4] for his "guilty knowledge",[5] more reliable sources indicate that he was not banned.[6][7] Indeed, he continued to play minor league baseball for Syracuse in 1922 and 1923.

Coaching and scouting career

After his playing career was over, Dubuc coached the Brown University baseball and hockey teams. He also scouted the East Coast for his former boss, Frank Navin, of the Detroit Tigers. As a scout he signed catcher Birdie Tebbetts, but his greatest scouting accomplishment was signing Hall of Famer first baseman Hank Greenberg. Greenberg, a New Yorker, was also recruited by the Yankees, but Dubuc was able to persuade Greenberg he could start sooner in Detroit, as Lou Gehrig was firmly entrenched with the Yankees.

Later life

After Dubuc left baseball, he worked for 20 years as a printer's ink salesman before his death in Fort Myers, Florida in 1958.[8]


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