- 2B, 3B, SS
- Clancy, Cutty
- July 29, 1887
- 5' 9"
- 160 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 4-25-1912 with BRO
He was a relatively colorless man who played with some of the greatest characters in the history of the game. While George “Clancy” Cutshaw did not possess one of the greatest personalities, he did possess one of the greatest gloves in the game before 1920 as the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) named him the best defensive second baseman between 1910-1919.
Clancy came up with Brooklyn in 1912 and while he didn’t set the world on fire at the plate, hitting .260 in his six seasons for the club (right around the league average of .262), he did set the globe a blaze with his glove leading the circuit in putouts between 1913-1916, double plays, 1913-1914, assists 1914-1916 and fielding percentage in 1915.
George did get a chance to play in one World Series in 1916 as the Robins (as the Dodgers were known at the time in honor of their leader Wilbert Robinson), lost to the Red Sox in five games. Cutshaw was not at his best hitting only .105 including two errors.
In January of 1918, Clancy was traded with the extremely colorful Casey Stengel, to the Bucs for Chuck Ward, Burleigh Grimes and Al Maumaux. Aside from Stengel, Cutshaw would be teamed up with another exuberant personality, as his double play partner at short was one of the games greatest pranksters Rabbit Maranville.
With Pittsburgh, Cutshaw would have two of his greatest offensive seasons, first in 1918 when he was second in the circuit in RBI’s, 4th in homers, eighth in slugging and 4th in stolen bases, and the second in his last season in the Burgh when he hit a career high .340 in 1921 while platooning with Cotton Tierney. Ironically while his average improved with the Pirates, hitting .275 in 4 seasons, it was still two points under the league average, just like it had been in Brooklyn.
While Cutshaw was only average at the plate, he was extremely fast as he was in the top ten in stolen bases for seven consecutive years between 1913-1919 finishing with a total of 271. He also would make contact striking out only 242 times including 21 times between 1920-1921 and merely 61 times in his entire Pirate career.
His defensive abilities were still at their peak with the Bucs as he set a major league record in 1919 for fielding percentage by a second baseman, since broken, with a .980 mark in 1919, topping a record that had been held for 34 years. He also led the senior circuit in assists his first season in the Burgh in 1918.
After his .340 season of 1921, Cutshaw was put on waivers were he was picked up by the Tigers on December 29th and ended his career with Detroit two years later.
* Brooklyn Dodgers/Robins (1912-1917)
* Pittsburgh Pirates (1918-1921)
* Detroit Tigers (1922-1923)
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