Chick Galloway

Clarence Edward (Chick) Galloway (August 4, 1896 – November 7, 1969) was a shortstop in Major League Baseball. From 1919 through 1928, Galloway played for the Philadelphia Athletics (1919–27) and Detroit Tigers (1928). He batted and threw right-handed. In a ten-season career, Galloway was a .264 hitter with 17 home runs and 407 RBI in 1076 games.

A native of Clinton, South Carolina, Galloway was the starting shortstop for the Philadelphia Athletics during six seasons until an unfortunate accident shorted his promising career. He debuted with the A's in 1919, becoming a regular in 1921.

Galloway appeared in the AL Most Valuable Player ballot for three consecutive years (1922–24). His most productive season came in 1922, when he posted career-highs in batting average (.324), runs (83), hits (185) and triples (nine), and also led the American League in games played (155).

In 1927, Galloway was seriously injured when an errant pitch during a batting practice fractured his skull. He played for the Detroit Tigers a year later, but his career ended after just 53 games.

Following his playing career, Galloway returned to Clinton and coached for the Presbyterian College, where he graduated in the 1910s. He also worked as a talent scout for the Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Athletics and Milwaukee Braves. Galloway was a baseball icon in his homeland, where he died at age 73.

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