Henry Claiborne Bryant
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2½", Weight 195 lb.
- High School Paul Hayne High School
- Debut April 19, 1935
- Final Game September 26, 1940
- Born November 16, 1911 in Madison Heights, VA USA
- Died April 9, 1999 in Fort Lauderdale, FL USA
In his finest season as a big leaguer, Clay Bryant was a key contributor to the 1938 National League pennant winning Chicago Cubs. Taking the bump 44 times, Clay made 30 starts, hurled 17 complete games and 3 shutouts while finishing 19-11 with a 3.10 ERA in 270 1/3 innings. At the plate, he belted 3 home runs and drove in 15. He was the senior circuit leader in strikeouts (135)... but also the leader in walks (125) and intentional walks (19). He made one start in the Fall Classic, allowing four runs in 5 1/3 innings to eat the Game 3 loss, 5-2. Overuse in '38 killed his effectiveness, and he made only 12 more trips to the mound, being used more as a pinch hitter, finishing his big league tenure in 1940.
Bryant started managing in the minors for the St. Louis Browns with the Newark Moundsmen in 1944. He moved to the Brooklyn Dodgers chain the next year, where he would stay for years. He was the last minor league manager of the Los Angeles Angels in the Pacific Coast League in 1957 and the last minor league manager for the Montreal Royals of the International League in 1960. He guided Montreal from 1958-1960, winning the International League Championship in 1958. In 1961, he was a big league coach for the Dodgers and was a minor league pitching coach in 1962. Bryant spent 1967 to 1974 as a coach for the Cleveland Indians. He also served as a minor league pitching instructor for the Indians in the early 1970s.