HANCOCK, Harry "Jughead" 85, of Clearwater, passed away peacefully at home May 10, 2010. Born in Waycross, GA in 1924, Harry moved to Clearwater in 1926. Harry attended North Ward Elementary, Clearwater Junior High, and graduated from Clearwater High School in 1943. He attended University of Florida before serving in the Army Air Corps as a navigator-radar operator in a B-29 in the Pacific & flew 35 combat missions to Japan. After being discharged Harry attended Rollins College from 1946-50. There he lettered in baseball, basketball and football and was inducted into the Rollins College Hall of Fame. After college he continued his athletic career by playing fastpitch softball with the Blackburn Brothers, Clearwater Bombers, Zollner Pistons, and Standard Oil. There he won numerous World Fastpitch Softball Championships. After Harry's playing days were over, he organized and coached the Junior Miss Softball League from 1972-1976. Jughead continued to remain active by tending to his many plants and caring for his citrus grove. Harry is survived by his wife, Mary; children, Sally (Ray) Barrett, William (Sandra), Jane Farina, and Molly (Andrew) Rodnite; 8 grand-children, and brother Frank. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Harry's grandson, The Tanner Farina Computer Lab Fund at McMullen Booth Elementary School. Funeral service will be held at First United Methodist Church, Friday, 11 am, 411 Turner St., Clearwater.
One pinkie was bent, the likely result of a Herb Dudley fastball. Mr. Hancock caught for Dudley, an Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame pitcher, through the 1940s and 1950s.
Pitcher and catcher knew each other so well, they did not use signals. "He didn't know whether it was going to be a riseball or a drop or a change-up or whatever. He just caught it," said Bombers hall-of-famer Doug Mason, 78. "He could recognize the pitch by the time it got there."
The pair played together through at least six of the Bombers' 10 world championship. For a couple of summers, Dudley and Mr. Hancock also played together for the Zollner Pistons softball team in Detroit.
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Ethel Tanner Hancock (1895 - 1992)
Franklin Hancock (1917 - 2011)*
Laura Virginia Hancock Good (1920 - 2007)*
Mary Nelle Hancock (1921 - 2009)*
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Harry Hancock (1924 - 2010)
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Thanks for the memories, Jug. From 1948 through the 50's I rarely missed a Bomber game, being lucky enough to sit in the press box with my Dad, who was the radio voice of the Bombers. You and Herb were our heroes, and I'll never again witness the quality ...(Read more)|
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