Nick Gregory

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Nick E. Gregory

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 7", Weight 185 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Outfielder Nick Gregory played two seasons at the highest level of the minors in a 13-year career but never made the major leagues. He led his leagues in home runs (twice), triples and doubles in different years.

Gregory debuted in 1938 with the Lincoln Links, hitting .314/.375/.531 with 23 triples, 18 steals and 94 RBI. He led the Nebraska State League in three-baggers and was among the slugging leaders as well. The downside was 17 errors for a .908 fielding percentage, third-most errors by NSL outfielders. He split 1939 between Lincoln (.357 in 31 G) and the Youngstown Browns (.300 in 68 G). In 1940, he played for the Tyler Trojans (.324, 31 2B, 17 HR, .519 SLG) and San Antonio Missions (2 for 8). He was second in the East Texas League in slugging (behind Tom Jordan), tied for 9th in the league in doubles and was second in homers (two behind Jordan).

For the 1941 Dallas Rebels, Gregory batted .284/?/.460 with 42 doubles, 7 triples and 14 home runs while registering 17 outfield assists. He led the Texas League in doubles (5 more than runner-up Bill Norman), tied Guy Curtright and Walter Sessi for 5th in home runs and was 6th in slugging (all the others in the top 7 would play in the majors at some point in their careers). In '42, he bounced between the Toronto Maple Leafs (.226/.293/.357 in 28 G), Los Angeles Angels (3 for 20), Dallas and San Antonio (.282/?/.365 in 78 G between the two Texas League clubs), reaching AA (then the highest minor league classification).

In 1943, it looked like he might not report to Toledo, deciding instead to stay in business in Texas, but changed his mind shortly before the season. [1] He did spend all season with the Toledo Mud Hens, hitting .262/.305/.366 with 33 doubles, 70 runs and 69 RBI in his only full season a stop shy of the majors. He was third in the 1943 American Association in doubles, two behind co-leaders Augie Bergamo and Jim Bucher.

He did not play in the minors in 1944-1945. He returned to action in 1946 and hit .291/.368/.437 between the Missions and Rebels. For the 1947 Shreveport Sports, Gregory produced at a .269/?/.479 clip with 28 home runs and 115 RBI. He was second in the Texas League in RBI (26 behind leader Al Rosen and 24 ahead of #3 Ferrell Anderson), 3rd in slugging (140 points shy of Rosen) and led in home runs (3 ahead of Rosen). With Shreveport in '48, he fell to .247/?/.404.

Gregory spent his final four seasons in lesser loops. During 1949, he hit .304 and slugged .541 for the Kilgore Drillers. He led the East Texas League with 23 home runs (2 more than anyone else). He fell to .286/.395/.446 with the 1950 Tyler Trojans. He did very well in limited action with the 1951 Tyler East Texans (32 for 88, 5 2B, 3B, HR). He wrapped up his career at age 37 in 1952 with two Gulf Coast League clubs, the Lake Charles Lakers and Corpus Christi Aces (a combined .305/.369/.442).