Players From Central New York – Part II

Angelo Dominic Cianfrocco

Cianfrocco was born October 6,1966 in Rome, New York. He was drafted in the 11th round of the 1986 MLB January Draft, after attending Onondaga Community College in Syracuse and Purdue University in West Lafayette Indiana. He was a first and third baseman as well as a shortstop.  His career in the major leagues lasted from April 8, 1992 to September 26, 1998. He would play for the Montreal Expos and San Diego Padres in a total of 500 major league baseball games. He had 308 major league hits that included 59 doubles, seven triples and 34 home runs. He had 185 runs batted in and a .241 career batting average. In the minor leagues his pro baseball career began in 1987 with the Jamestown Expos of the New York-Penn League. For the 1988 season he was with the Rockford Expos of the Midwest League and in 1989 and 1990 he was with the Jacksonville Expos of the Southern League. The 1991 season saw Cianfrocco with the Harrisburg Senators of the Eastern League. Besides playing with the Expos in 1992 he also played with the Indianapolis Indians of the American Association. For the 1993 campaign Cianfrocco played with the Expos and Padres in the National League as well as the Ottawa Lynx of the International League. In 1994 and 1995 he was with the Padres and the Las Vegas Stars of the Pacific Coast League for parts of both seasons. He played with Las Vegas again in 1998 and then in 1999 ended his professional career with the Seibu Lions of the Japan Pacific League.

William Edward “Bill” Clancy

Clancy was born April 12, 1879 in Redfield, New York. He debuted in the major leagues April 14, 1905 and played until June 28, 1905 in the majors with the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 56 games, he had five hits in 227 at bats for a .229 batting average. Of those 52 hits, 11 were doubles, three were triples and two were home runs. He also totaled 34 runs batted in for his major league tenure. As for the minor leagues, he began his professional baseball career with the Worcester Hustlers of the Eastern League. He also played with Worcester and Montreal of the Eastern League in 1903. Then in 1904 he was with the Montreal Royals of the Eastern League and the Oakland Oaks of the Pacific Coast League. After spending some time with the Pirates of the National League in 1905 he played with the Rochester Bronchos of the Eastern League until 1908 when he also played with the Buffalo Bisons. He was with Buffalo in 1909 and then in 1910 played with the Baltimore Orioles of the Eastern League. His last two seasons in professional baseball were spent in the Central League with the Fort Wayne Brakies. He passed away February 10, 1948 in Oriskany, New York at the age of 68. He is buried in the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Whitesboro, New York.

Charles Fredrick “Boots” Day

Day was born August 31, 1947 in Ilion, New York. After attending Central High School in Ilion and Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica New York, he would make his major league debut on June 15, 1969. His last game in the major leagues was September 24, 1974. During his time in the major leagues he totaled 295 hits in 471 games. 28 of the hits were doubles, six were triples and eight were home runs. He had 98 RBIs and a career .256 batting average. He spent time with the St Louis Cardinals (1969), the Chicago Cubs (1970) and the Montreal Expos (1970-1974). His minor league career began in 1965 with the Cardinals of the Florida Instructional League where he also played in 1967 and 1968. In 1966 he was with the Rock Hill Cardinals of the Western Carolinas League. He spent part of the 1968 season with the Arkansas Travelers of the Texas League and then in 1969 played with the Tulsa Oilers of the American Association. In the 1970 season besides the Expos he was with the Buffalo Bisons and Winnipeg Whips of the International League. In 1970, he played in the major leagues with the Expos and in the minors with the Memphis Blues of the International League. From 1975 to 1978 and in 1980 as well he played in the American Association with the Evansville Triplets. His pro baseball career ended in 1980 with the Lakeland Tigers of the Florida State League.

George Detore

Detore was born November 11, 1906 in Utica New York. After attending Colgate University his major league baseball career began on September 14, 1930 and ended on July 27, 1931. In 33 games, he had 17 hits including seven doubles and a .250 batting average to go with nine RBIs. His minor league career began in 1929 for the Decatur Commodores, where in 135 games he had a .342 batting average.  In 1930 after playing in 126 games for the New Orleans Pelicans of the Southern Association he was called up to the Indians where he played in both 1930 and 1931. He was back with the Pelicans for the 1931 and then in 1932 he was with the Buffalo Bisons of the International League where in 157 games he had a .317 batting average. In 1933 he was with the Toledo Mud Hens in the American Association for 137 games where he had a .352 batting average. He split the 1934 season with the Louisville Colonels and the Milwaukee Brewers of the American Association. He spent the rest of 1934 as well as the 1935 and 1936 seasons with the Brewer and then from 1937 until 1944 he was with the San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League. His final year in professional baseball was 1945 an that was with the Indianapolis Indians of the American Association.

William Henry Dinneen

Dinneen (the last name is commonly misspelled Dineen) was born April 5, 1876 in Syracuse, New York. He debuted in the major leagues April 22, 1898 for the Washington Senators in the National League. He played for the Senators in both 1898 and 1899 and then on February 11,1900 he was purchased along with Shad Barry and Buck Freeman by the Boston Beaneaters for $7,500. He played for the Beaneaters for 1900 and 1901 and then from 1902 until partway through the 1907 he played with the Boston Americans. In the first ever World Series in 1903 Dinneen pitched for the Boston American League team in four games, completing all four of his starts where he finished with a record of 3-1 loss, a 2.06 ERA and 28 strikeouts. On June 8, 1907, he was traded by Boston to the St Louis Browns for Beany Jacobson and $1,500. Dinneen would finish his career in St Louis with the Browns on August 26, 1909. In 12 years in the major leagues he would have a record of 170-177 in 391 games. He completed 306 of the 352 games he started and also had a 3.01 career ERA with 1,127 strikeouts. One of the other highlights of his major league career occurred on September 27, 1905 when he pitched a no-hitter versus the Chicago White Sox where he struck out six batters.  Dineen only played two years of minor league baseball, (1895,1897) with the Toronto Canucks of the Eastern League where he had a record of 19-12 for those two years.  He passed away on January 13, 1955 at the age of 78 in Syracuse, New York. He is buried in the St Agnes Cemetery in Utica, New York.