Johnny Gray (baseball)

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Johnny Gray
Born: (1926-12-11)December 11, 1926
West Palm Beach, Florida
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Boca Raton, Florida
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 18, 1954, for the Philadelphia Athletics
Last MLB appearance
July 16, 1958, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 4–18
Earned run average 6.18
Innings pitched 169

John Leonard Gray (December 11, 1926 – May 21, 2014) was an American pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Philadelphia Athletics/Kansas City Athletics, Cleveland Indians, and Philadelphia Phillies in all or part of four seasons spanning 1954–1958. Listed at 6' 4", 226 lb., he batted and threw right handed.[1]

Gray, who was born in West Palm Beach, Florida, was a graduate of Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where he starred for the school's baseball team in 1952.[2] In between, he served for the US Army in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations during World War II conflict.[3]

Gray was originally signed by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1950. He spent four years in their minor league system, sporting a record of 44-39 and a 2.28 earned run average in 745 pitching appearances before being traded to the Athletics in December 1953.[4]

Gray was of few players to be part of the Athletics in their final season in Philadelphia and their first season in Kansas City.[1] He posted a 3-15 record and a 7.25 ERA in his two stints for the team before joining the Indians in 1957 and the Phillies in 1958. His career highlight came in 1957, when he hurled a three-hit shutout against the Baltimore Orioles at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore.[5]

In a four season career, Gray went 4-18 with a 6.18 ERA in 48 games, including 24 starts, allowing 132 earned runs on 172 hits and 142 walks while striking out 75 in 169 innings of work.[1]

Gray would spend 11 seasons in the minors while playing for 13 clubs between 1950 and 1960. He collected a 71-75 record and a 3.33 ERA in 275 games, which included five seasons with at least 10 victories and the best ERA in the American Association at 2.72 during the 1956 season.[4]

Following his baseball retirement, Gray worked as an apartment complex manager in Miami, Florida and was a long term Palm Beach County resident. At this time, he gained induction into the Rollins College Hall of Fame as part of its 1979 Class.[2]

Gray died in Boca Raton, Florida at the age of 87. He was buried at the South Florida National Cemetery in Lake Worth, Florida with military honors being provided by the US Army Funeral Honor Guard.[6]


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