Don Bryant (baseball)

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Don Bryant
Catcher
Born: (1941-07-13)July 13, 1941
Jasper, Florida
Died: January 22, 2015(2015-01-22) (aged 73)
Gainesville, Florida
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 17, 1966 for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
July 29, 1970 for the Houston Astros
Career statistics
Batting average .220
Home runs 1
Hits 24
Teams

Donald Ray Bryant (July 13, 1941 – January 22, 2015) was an American catcher and coach in Major League Baseball. He was nicknamed "Bear" by baseball teammates in homage to University of Alabama football coaching legend Paul "Bear" Bryant. Born in Jasper, Florida, Bryant threw and batted right-handed, stood 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m) tall and weighed 200 pounds (91 kg).

Bryant's 14-year professional playing career, which included 892 games played in the minor leagues and 59 games at the MLB level, began in the Detroit Tigers' organization in 1960. He spent six seasons there until late 1965, when he was purchased by the Chicago Cubs. He began his MLB career with the Cubs in 1966, then later played for the 1969–1970 Houston Astros. In the Majors, Bryant batted .220 with 24 hits, one home run and 13 runs batted in, and caught Don Wilson's second career no-hitter on May 1, 1969, against the Cincinnati Reds.[1][2]

Bryant was acquired by the Boston Red Sox in December 1970 and became a playing coach for their Triple-A affiliate, the Pawtucket Red Sox, in 1973. The following year, Pawtucket manager Darrell Johnson was promoted to Boston as field boss, and brought Bryant with him as bullpen coach. Bryant coached under Johnson in Boston (1974–76) — serving on the 1975 American League championship team — and with the Seattle Mariners (1977–80) before leaving the game.

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Preceded by
Doug Camilli
Boston Red Sox Bullpen Coach
1974–1976
Succeeded by
Walt Hriniak
Preceded by
Franchise established
Seattle Mariners Bullpen Coach
1977–1980
Succeeded by
Frank Funk