Ron Negray

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Ronald Alvin Negray

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Biographical Information[edit]

Ron Negray pitched twice for the Dodgers, both in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, but in between pitched most of his major league appearances with the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Brooklyn Dodgers signed him in 1949, and in 1952 he came up for 4 games with them, on their pennant-winning team. He had a decent 3.46 ERA. He was 22 at the time.

He wasn't back in the majors until 1955 and 1956 with the Phillies. In 1955 he started in 10 of his 19 games, pitching 71 2/3 innings with a decent ERA of 3.52. The Phillies, who had exactly a .500 season, had a team ERA of 3.93 and Robin Roberts was their star pitcher. In 1956, Negray started only 4 of his 39 games and had 3 saves. His ERA was 4.18, but was still better than the team ERA of 4.20.

He came back to the majors in 1958 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He had been with them for 4 games in 1952, and in 1958 was again with them for 4 games.

In 1959, he was with the Montreal Royals.

In 1960, he was on the Toronto Maple Leafs who went 100-54. His record was 10-6. The team featured, among other players, Sparky Anderson and Chuck Tanner, who would later become major league managers. He played for the Maple Leafs from 1960 to 1962. He played for the Hawaii Islanders in 1963.

He had gone to Garfield High School, where he lost only 2 games in four years. He pitched for the Akron Orphans, a semi-pro team, in 1948. After signing with the Dodgers, he played with the Valdosta Dodgers, going 21-6 in 1949. He then pitched in the Eastern League and the Western League and was with the St. Paul Saints of the American Association in 1952.

He was inducted into the Greater Akron Baseball Hall of Fame.

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