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Ray Dandridge

Born:

August 31, 1913

Died:

February 12, 1994

Teams:

Detroit Stars, Nashville Elite Giants, Newark Dodgers, Newark Eagles

Position(s):

3b (and other positions)

Hall Of Fame:

1987

Notes:

His lifetime .350+ batting average alone was enough to turn heads, but it was his unmatched defensive play in the hot corner that earned Ray Dandrige his place in the Hall Of Fame. As a member of the Newark Eagles in the late 1930s Dandridge was the cornerstone of the Eagles’ “million dollar infield, an infield that also included Dick Seay, Mule Suttles, and Hall Of Famer Willie Wells.

Despite his popularity among stateside Negro League fans, Dandridge found the playing and living conditions of the Mexican League more to his liking. During the 1940s he spent all but one season (1944) in Mexico and built a reputation and following in Latin America that earned him a spot in the Mexican Baseball Hall Of Fame.

Returning to the U.S. after the integration of major league baseball Dandridge was signed by the New York Giants organization who assigned him to the AAA Minneapolis Millers inb 1949. Despite earning the league’s MVP honor in 1950 the parent club deemed him too old to join the Giants.

Dandridge retired from baseball after the 1954 season. In 1987 he was inducted into the Baseball Hall Of Fame.


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