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    I thought Pete Gray should have his own thread beacuse playing in the majors with one arm is quite a feat.

    (Despite losing his right arm in a childhood truck accident, Gray became a major league ballplayer. The naturally righthanded youngster learned to throw and bat from the opposite side. Batting with one arm, Gray sprayed line drives around the field. On the basepaths, he displayed speed and daring, and fielding was a study in agility and dexterity. After catching a fly ball, Gray would tuck his thinly padded glove under his stump, roll the ball across his chest, and throw, all in one fluid motion.

    Gray was a semi-pro star in the coal towns of his native Pennsylvania and with the famed Brooklyn Bushwicks. He entered pro ball in 1942 with Three Rivers (Canadian-American League) and hit .381 in 42 games. In the Southern Association in 1943, Gray hit .289 in a full season with Memphis. He won national attention in 1944 when he batted .333 for Memphis, hit five HR, tied a league record by stealing 68 bases, and was named the Southern Association's MVP. This outstanding showing earned Gray a spot with the 1945 St. Louis Browns.

    Even with the quality of major league play at an all-time low due to the WWII player shortage, Gray was overmatched. But he was capable of remarkable performances. In a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium in May, Gray had four hits, scored twice, drove in two, and handled nine chances in the outfield. When baseball returned to full strength in 1946, the Browns sent Gray down. He continued to play in the minors and barnstorm with exhibition teams until the early 1950s. Gray retired to his hometown of Nanticoke, PA, and became a recluse. (JL) )(source www.baseballlibrary.com)

    Games-77 Hits-51 HR-0 RBI-13
    Last edited by RedSoxVT92; 03-12-2006, 06:27 PM.
    go sox.

    Pigskin-Fever

  • #2
    .218 in 77 games ain't bad at all.

    Mangled his right arm at age 6 in the spokes of a farmer's wagon.

    Struck out just 11 times in those 234 AB, and had the biggest problem with curveballs. He was served a steady diet. Infielders and outfielder played him very shallow to exploit his lack of power.
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    • #3
      also jim abbott and one arm daily
      Last edited by Brian McKenna; 03-13-2006, 07:42 AM.

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      • #4
        RedSoxVT, do you know what size of bat he used?
        Last edited by Sultan_1895-1948; 03-13-2006, 12:26 AM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Sultan_1895-1948
          RedSoxVT, do you know what size of bat he used?
          Actually im not all that sure about the size of his bat. But you would think that it would be a smaller bat than a larger bat for more control. He had trouble hitting breaking balls because he couldnt check or anything and once he started a swing he couldn't stop it or change it so a larger bat would add more momentum not helping at all.
          go sox.

          Pigskin-Fever

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          • #6
            It is an amazing story.
            Buck O'Neil: The Monarch of Baseball

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            • #7
              Gray swung a 38 oz. piece of lumber.
              A swing--and a smash--and a gray streak partaking/Of ghostly manoeuvres that follow the whack;/The old earth rebounds with a quiver and quaking/And high flies the dust as he thuds on the track;/The atmosphere reels--and it isn't the comet--/There follows the blur of a phantom at play;/Then out from the reel comes the glitter of steel--/And damned be the fellow that gets in the way.                 A swing and a smash--and the far echoes quiver--/A ripping and rearing and volcanic roar;/And off streaks the Ghost with a shake and a shiver,/To hurdle red hell on the way to a score;/A cross between tidal wave, cyclone and earthquake--/Fire, wind and water all out on a lark;/Then out from the reel comes the glitter of steel,/Plus ten tons of dynamite hitched to a spark.

              --Cobb, Grantland Rice

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              • #8
                ^^ "hitched to a spark" rivals "death to flying things". surpasses it, even.

                hats off.
                "you don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. just get people to stop reading them." -ray bradbury

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by west coast orange and black
                  ^^ "hitched to a spark" rivals "death to flying things". surpasses it, even.

                  hats off.
                  Good call.

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                  • #10
                    trivia question --

                    What do Pete Gray and Steve Bilko share in common?

                    So, anyone out there know the answer?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by west coast orange and black
                      ^^ "hitched to a spark" rivals "death to flying things". surpasses it, even.

                      hats off.
                      I wonder what "The Freshest Man on Earth" would have to say to that?

                      A swing--and a smash--and a gray streak partaking/Of ghostly manoeuvres that follow the whack;/The old earth rebounds with a quiver and quaking/And high flies the dust as he thuds on the track;/The atmosphere reels--and it isn't the comet--/There follows the blur of a phantom at play;/Then out from the reel comes the glitter of steel--/And damned be the fellow that gets in the way.                 A swing and a smash--and the far echoes quiver--/A ripping and rearing and volcanic roar;/And off streaks the Ghost with a shake and a shiver,/To hurdle red hell on the way to a score;/A cross between tidal wave, cyclone and earthquake--/Fire, wind and water all out on a lark;/Then out from the reel comes the glitter of steel,/Plus ten tons of dynamite hitched to a spark.

                      --Cobb, Grantland Rice

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Robb Schwartz
                        What do Pete Gray and Steve Bilko share in common?

                        So, anyone out there know the answer?
                        They both ended up in a random Baseball Fever trivia question that nobody knows the answer to?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Robb Schwartz
                          What do Pete Gray and Steve Bilko share in common?

                          So, anyone out there know the answer?

                          They were both born in the same city.
                          go sox.

                          Pigskin-Fever

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by HitchedtoaSpark
                            I wonder what "The Freshest Man on Earth" would have to say to that?

                            He might not say anything.

                            He might just pack his "Suitcase Bob", hop on a "Big Train" with "Jumping Joe," and hope things go "Steady Eddie" rather than hearing "The Thumper" while watching "Cactus Gavvy" and "The Grey Eagle" out the window.

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                            • #15
                              The only problem I had with Pete Gray was how negative he was about Jim Abbott when Jim Abbott joined the angels in '89. Pete said in an interview that Abbott would never be successful; boy was he ever wrong

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