The Obit For Ellis Clary

Saturday, June 3, 2000
Former Major Leaguer Clary Dies

     (AP) VALDOSTA, Ga.--Ellis Clary, a former major league infielder, coach and scout, has died after a short illness. He was 85.
     The Valdosta resident died Friday of complications from congested heart failure.
     Clary spent seven decades in professional baseball, 43 at the major
league level as a player, coach and scout.
     He was inducted into the Valdosta/Lowndes County Sports Hall of Fame, The Charlotte, N.C., Sports Hall of Fame and the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.
     Clary made his major league debut in 1942 with the Washington Senators, hitting .275 as a rookie. A year later he was traded to the St. Louis Browns and in 1944 was a member of the Browns team that played the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series.
     Clary's career with the Browns ended after the 1945 season. He played in the minors for four more years, then coached and managed in the minors until beginning a 32 -year career as a major league scout in 1961 with the Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays.
     In 1989, the Blue Jays called him up to coach Toronto's infielders.
After the Blue Jays won the World Series in 1992 and 1993, Clary retired from baseball.
     Survivors include his wife, four daughters and four grandchildren.
     Funeral services are scheduled for Monday in the Chapel of Carson
McLane Funeral Home in Valdosta.