Thursday, September 25, 2014

#667 Ray Newman

Short lived time in the majors…3-3 record over 63 innings with Cubs and Brewers…played above expectations for a marginal journeyman with a 2.97 ERA…Started in Detroit organization prior to the 1964 season…transfer to the Cubs chain for 1965…Slowly worked his way up the organization…Typical of players at the time, Ray had a two year absence presumably a stint in the military in 1967 and 68…Returned to playing in 1969 with San Antonio…Gained more effectiveness in 1970 jumping from Texas league to AAA Tacoma…Fast start in 1971 prompted a call to Wrigleyville…had a 3.52 ERA with 2 saves…best game was 5 innings of no hit ball against Expos…Went to Milwaukee for 1972 but spent majority of season in Evansville…1973 followed up with a 2-1 record, his last in the majors…traded to Detroit but stayed in Evansville for the next two seasons.


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