Clapp being honored at AutoZone Park in 2016
February 24, 1973 |
|June 18, 2001, for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 4, 2001, for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Runs batted in||1|
|Pan American Games|
|1999 Winnipeg||Team competition|
Richard Keith "Stubby" Clapp (born February 24, 1973) is a minor league baseball hitting coach and former professional baseball player. He played for 11 years, most notably within the St. Louis Cardinals organization, including a brief stint in Major League Baseball with the Cardinals. In his native Canada, he is best remembered for his performance at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, where he slapped a bases-loaded single in the 11th inning to beat a more experienced U.S. team and put Canada in the semifinals. Canada eventually won bronze medal.
In his youth, Stubby Clapp could be considered a two-sport athlete. Having distinguished himself through the Windsor minor hockey system. After playing Bantam hockey in Windsor, Clapp played an important role for the Windsor Bulldogs (currently, LaSalle Vipers) from 1990 to 1992. In 1991, the Bulldogs clinched 1st place during the regular season and Clapp scored 5 goals during the playoffs. For the 1991–1992 team, he was named captain of the team.
Clapp graduated from Texas Tech University, where he played for the Red Raiders baseball team. He still holds (or shares) the Red Raiders' records for triples in a season (8), runs in game (5, 3 times), strikeouts in a game (4) and walks in a season (66), both set during the 1996 season. He was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 36th round (1,058th overall) of 1996 amateur entry draft. In 1998, when playing for the Double-A Arkansas Travelers he led the league with 86 walks and 139 games played. He remains popular among Travelers fans to this day.
In 1999, Clapp was part of the Canadian team at the Pan Pan American Games in Winnipeg. A popular player with his teammates, Clapp became a minor media celebrity within Canada after his game-winning, bases-loaded single against the U.S. team.
In 2000, he led the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds with 138 hits, 89 runs, 80 walks, 8 triples, and 6 sacrifice hits.
He was part of Team Canada in the 2004 Summer Olympics who finished in fourth place. He also played for Canada in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. In 3 games, Clapp hit .154, with a triple and an RBI.
Clapp became a popular figure in the City of Memphis during his four-year stint (1999–2002) with the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds. He was often referred to as the "Mayor of Memphis." During the 2002 season, the 5-foot-8 Clapp was featured on a growth chart for kids, sponsored by a Memphis-area medical group. In 2009, he was named one of the Memphis "Athletes of the Decade." In 2010, the club had "Ode to Clapping Night", which included giving away Clapp bobbleheads. Clapp was notable for doing a backflip every time he went onto the field.
However, Clapp was also popular in Syracuse and other cities where he played.
In 911 minor league games, Clapp had a .270 batting average, 48 home runs, 50 triples, 196 doubles, 365 RBI, and 83 steals. Clapp also pitched in 3 games. In 2.1 innings, Clapp has given up 2 hits and no earned runs.
On April 21, 2007, Clapp's jersey #10 was the first number ever retired by the Memphis Redbirds,. This is commemorated by a painted "10" on the wall above the Redbirds' bullpen at AutoZone Park. He is second all-time for the Memphis Redbirds for games played (425) and hits (418).
Clapp began his coaching career as a hitting coach for the Lexington Legends, the Houston Astros "A" ball team in the South Atlantic League. He came out of retirement to represent Canada at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and was named to the roster for the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
In November 2010, Clapp became the hitting coach for the Corpus Christi Hooks, Houston's AA affiliate.
In January 2013, Clapp was hired as the hitting coach for the Dunedin Blue Jays, Toronto's Advanced-A affiliate. On December 19, 2014, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats announced that he would be their new hitting coach.
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