Roy Partee

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Roy Robert Partee

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Catcher Roy Partee, after being signed as an amateur free agent by the Chicago Cubs in 1938, spent twenty seasons in professional baseball from 1938 to 1959. Partee spent one season in the military during World War II when he entered the United States Army in October of 1944 and was discharged in April of 1946.

Roy was purchased by the Boston Red Sox from the Chicago Cubs on September 22, 1942.

Partee spent four seasons in the major leagues from 1943 through 1947, with the one year out for his service duty in 1945, all with the Fenway Park club. Roy was then involved in a monster trade on November 17, 1947 when he was traded by the Red Sox along with Pete Laydon, Joe Ostrowski, Eddie Pellagrini, Al Widmar, Jim Wilson and $310,000, to the St. Louis Browns for Jack Kramer and Vern Stephens.

Roy appeared in 82 games for the Browns in 1948 but hit just .203 and on December 13th was traded to the New York Yankees along with Fred Sanford for Red Embree, Sherm Lollar, Dick Starr and $100,000. This ended Roy's time in the majors where he appeared in 367 games, hitting .250 in 1,090 at-bats. He also fielded his catcher's position at a .982 percentage.

Partee dropped back down to the minors where he spent the next ten seasons (1949-1959) with seven different teams in six different leagues. Roy had spent his first five seasons (1938-1942) down under with five teams in five leagues. Partee's best minor league season, for numbers, came in his first when he hit .365 with nine homers for the Bisbee Bees of the class D Arizona-Texas League. Roy wound up his minor league career at the age of 41 with 15 active seasons under his belt, having appeared in 1,234 games with 3,916 at-bats and a career .268 batting average.

Partee was player-manager for the Stockton Ports from 1955 to 1957 and the Eugene Emeralds in 1959. He was then a scout for the New York Mets from their inception through at least the mid-1980s, signing Bud Harrelson among others.

Roy Robert Partee passed away at his home in Eureka, CA on December 27, 2000 at 83 years of age.

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