The only player to play for the Blue Jays in each of their first 11 seasons, Clancy was the club’s record-holder in both wins and losses when he signed with Houston as a free agent before the 1989 season. Selected from Texas in the 1976 expansion draft, the right-hander was a consistent starter for Toronto during the club’s wretched early years and joined Dave Stieb as a cornerstone of the starting rotation that helped lift the Jays to AL East prominence in the mid-1980s. Clancy enjoyed his best season in 1982, when he led the AL with 40 starts and won a career-high 16 games with a 3.71 ERA for a last-place team. He also came within three outs of a perfect game against Minnesota on September 28th, but surrendered a broken-bat single to Randy Bush and settled for a one-hit shutout.
In two-and-a-half seasons with the Astros Clancy won just nine games against 25 defeats and was eventually moved to a full-time bullpen role. In June 1991, Houston traded him to Atlanta, where he picked up a relief win in Game Three of that year’s World Series. A two-inning stint in Game Five of the Fall Classic would prove to be his last major-league appearance.