Buddy Biancalana

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Buddy Biancalana
Shortstop
Born: (1960-02-02) February 2, 1960 (age 54)
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 12, 1982 for the Kansas City Royals
Last MLB appearance
October 4, 1987 for the Houston Astros
Career statistics
Hits 113
Batting average .205
Games 311
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Roland Americo "Buddy" Biancalana (/biˌɑːŋkəˈlɑːnə/; born February 2, 1960 in Larkspur, California) is a retired Major League Baseball shortstop.

Biancalana played for two teams in his career: the Kansas City Royals (19821987) and Houston Astros (1987). He attended Redwood High School in Larkspur and was drafted by the Royals in the first round (25th overall pick) of the 1978 June Regular Phase draft.[1] Biancalana made his Major League Baseball debut on September 12, 1982, and played his final game on October 4, 1987.

Biancalana was a member of the Royals team that won the World Series in 1985. Although Buddy had only started 35 games all season, manager Dick Howser benched regular shortstop Onix Concepcion in favor of Biancalana on September 20. Biancalana started 13 of the next 15 games as the Royals won the American League West division by one game over the California Angels.[2]

Biancalana was the starting shortstop for the Royals in all 14 post-season games, playing error-free defense in every game, and was an integral part in several run-scoring innings for the Royals in the World Series.[3] He batted .278 in the series with an on-base percentage of .435, both well above his career numbers.[4]

In 1985, during the countdown to Pete Rose breaking Ty Cobb's hits record, David Letterman instituted a Buddy Biancalana countdown calendar. Biancalana later appeared as a guest on Late Night with David Letterman, quipping "I'm closer to Cobb than you are to Carson." Biancalana finished his big-league career with 113 base hits, over four thousand short of Cobb or Rose.

Biancalana is a former field manager for the Amarillo Dillas of independent United League Baseball, the Infield Coordinator of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the manager of two South Atlantic League (Class Low A) teams, the Lakewood BlueClaws (affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies) and the Charleston Riverdogs (affiliate of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays).

Biancalana is also the co-author of, 'The 7 Secrets of the World Class Athlete'.[5]

In 2009, Buddy, was inducted into the first Redwood High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Biancalana played baseball all four of his years at Redwood, 1975 through 1978, garnering local and national honors along the way. In 1977 he was named to the Mythical National Champion Team, a squad composed of the best high school baseball players in America.

References[edit]

External links[edit]