Ray Hathaway

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Biographical Information[edit]

Ray Hathaway pitched in just a handful of major league games but found greater success as a minor league manager.

An Ohio native, Hathaway began his pro career in 1939. After three seasons in the minors, he joined the Navy, and during World War II, he earned the Bronze Star after taking part in the Battle of Guadalcanal. He returned to baseball in 1945, appearing in 4 big league games with the Brooklyn Dodgers but spending most of the year with the Montreal Royals.

Hathaway was back in the minors in 1946 and began his managerial career the following year, serving as a player/manager of the Santa Barbara Dodgers, while going 18-6 with a 2.39 ERA. He was the ace of the Zanesville Dodgers staff the next summer, posting a 23-7 record and a 2.82 ERA, while leading the club to an Ohio-Indiana League crown.

By 1952, Hathaway focused on managing but made occasional appearances on the mound through 1965. He managed in the minors through 1973, compiling a 1608-168 record. He spent time in the Dodgers (1947-1957), Pittsburgh Pirates (1958-1964), St. Louis Cardinals (1965-1969), and Cleveland Indians (1970-1972) organizations as well as leading a co-op team, the Wilson Pennants, in 1973. Most notably, he spent seven years as skipper of the Asheville Tourists, leading them to a South Atlantic League title in 1961, and was the winningest manager in the team history until passed by Joe Mikulik. He was elected to the South Atlantic League Hall of Fame in 2011.

Hathaway was the uncle of big leaguer Dave Burba. When he passed away in 2015, at the age of 98, he was the second-oldest living former major league player.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1947 Santa Barbara Dodgers California League 76-67 4th Brooklyn Dodgers Lost League Finals
1948 Zanesville Dodgers Ohio-Indiana League 82-57 1st Brooklyn Dodgers League Champs
1949 Pueblo Dodgers Western League 71-68 3rd Brooklyn Dodgers League Champs
1950 Pueblo Dodgers Western League 54-100 8th Brooklyn Dodgers
1951 Asheville Tourists Tri-State League 85-55 2nd Brooklyn Dodgers Lost League Finals
1952 Newport News Dodgers Piedmont League 41-94 6th Brooklyn Dodgers
1953 Asheville Tourists Tri-State League 83-67 2nd Brooklyn Dodgers Lost in 1st round
1954 Asheville Tourists Tri-State League 86-54 1st Brooklyn Dodgers Lost League Finals
1955 Elmira Pioneers Eastern League 56-83 7th Brooklyn Dodgers
1956 Pueblo Dodgers Western League 68-70 5th Brooklyn Dodgers
1957 Pueblo Dodgers Western League 66-88 7th Brooklyn Dodgers none
1958 Tri-City Braves Northwest League 62-73 5th Pittsburgh Pirates
1959 Columbus Pirates/Gastonia Pirates South Atlantic League 70-69 4th Pittsburgh Pirates League Champs
1960 Savannah Pirates South Atlantic League 78-61 3rd Pittsburgh Pirates League Champs
1961 Asheville Tourists South Atlantic League 87-50 1st Pittsburgh Pirates none League Champs
1962 Asheville Tourists South Atlantic League 70-70 4th Pittsburgh Pirates Lost in 1st round
1963 Asheville Tourists South Atlantic League 79-61 2nd Pittsburgh Pirates
1964 Asheville Tourists Southern League 28-53 -- Pittsburgh Pirates -- replaced by Bob Clear (24-33) July 10
Gastonia Pirates Western Carolinas League 28-22 5th Pittsburgh Pirates replaced Bob Clear (32-46) July 10
1965 Raleigh Cardinals Carolina League 64-79 8th St. Louis Cardinals
1967 Lewiston Broncs Northwest League 30-54 4th St. Louis Cardinals none
1968 GCL Cardinals Gulf Coast League 2nd St. Louis Cardinals none replaced George Kissell
1969 Arkansas Travelers Texas League 66-69 6th St. Louis Cardinals
1970 Savannah Indians Southern League 71-67 4th Cleveland Indians none
1971 Jacksonville Suns Southern League 63-77 4th Cleveland Indians
1972 Portland Beavers Pacific Coast League 5-8 -- Cleveland Indians -- replaced by Clay Bryant (2-4) on April 28
1973 Wilson Pennants Carolina League 18-34 -- Co-op -- replaced by Marshall Fox (0-1) on June 4

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