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RAY BOONE
Born: July 27, 1923 in San Diego, California
Died: October 17, 2004 in Rancho Santa Fe, California
Player Career
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 6' 0" Weight: 172
First Game: September 3, 1948 ; Final Game: August 11, 1960
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Ray Boone This article was written by Joseph Wancho and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball ResearchOn July 15, 2003, Ray Boone was taking in the scene at the All-Star Game at Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field. "Anybody that's not proud in this situation," he said, "there's something wrong with them." As the patriarch of the first three-generation family in the major leagues, Boone had reason to beam with pride. His son Bob spent 19 years as a catcher, primarily with Philadelphia and California. His two grandsons, Aaron, an infielder with Cincinnati, and Bret, a second baseman with Seattle, were both participating in the 2003 Midsummer Classic. The Boone family was not only the first family to have three generations play in the majors but also the first and only family to have all members in each generation participate in the All-Star Game. Ray was a two-time All-Star for Detroit, in 1954 and 1956; Bob was a four-time All-Star, in 1976, '78, '79, and '83. Another son, Rod, played in the Kansas City Royals and Houston Colts minor-league systems, and Ray's daughter, Terry, was a champion swimmer.The son of Donald and Beulah Boone, Raymond Otis Boone was born on July 27, 1923, in San Diego, California. Ray's father worked as a carpenter, and Ray picked up the trade later in life to earn money during the offseason. He had two younger siblings, sister Phyllis and brother Donald. Ray attended Hoover High School in San Diego, the alma mater of his boyhood idol, Ted Williams. At Hoover, Ray caught and made the All-Southern California team in 1941 and 1942. After graduating from high school in 1942, Boone was signed by Cleveland Indians scout John Angel and was assigned to Wausau, Wisconsin, of the Class C Northern League.  Boone played in 89 games, batting a solid .306 with Wausau, but put his baseball career on hold by enlisting in the Navy in 1942. He missed the 1943, '44, and '45 seasons. After his discharge, in 1946, the Indians assigned Boone to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, of the Class A Eastern League. He split catching duties with Ralph Weigel and hit .258. On October 12, 1946, Boone married his high school sweetheart, Patsy Brown.  In 1947 Boone was assigned to Oklahoma City of the Class AA Texas League, where he began the season splitting catching duties with Ray Murray. When injuries struck the club, manager Pat Ankenman asked Boone to finish the season at shortstop. He brought his average up slightly, to .264.
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  • RAY BOONE - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BASEBALL  - HFSID 275327
    RAY BOONE - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BASEBALL - HFSID 275327
    RAY BOONE Ray Boone signs a baseball. Baseball signed: "Ray Boone". Rawlings Official American League Baseball, Gene A. Budig, President. Boone (1923-2004) had a powerful throwing arm, but bad knees and ankles limited his range. He led AL shortstops in errors in 1951.

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  • RAY BOONE - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BASEBALL  - HFSID 289766
    RAY BOONE - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BASEBALL - HFSID 289766
    RAY BOONERawlings American League baseball, signed in the sweet spot. Baseball signed: "Ray Boone". Rawlings Official American League Baseball, Bobby Brown president. Ray Boone (1923-2004) had a powerful throwing arm, but bad knees and ankles limited his range. He led AL shortstops in errors in 1951.

    Sale Price $144.00

    $160.00

  • RAY BOONE - TRADING/SPORTS CARD SIGNED  - HFSID 20543
    RAY BOONE - TRADING/SPORTS CARD SIGNED - HFSID 20543
    RAY BOONE. Sports Card signed: "Ray Boone". Color, 2½x3½. Topps No. 102 for 1957. Career batting statistics through 1956 on verso. Boone (1923-2004) had a powerful throwing arm, but bad knees and ankles limited his range. He led AL shortstops in errors in 1951.

    Sale Price $90.00

    $100.00

  • RAY BOONE - TRADING/SPORTS CARD SIGNED  - HFSID 20545
    RAY BOONE - TRADING/SPORTS CARD SIGNED - HFSID 20545
    RAY BOONE. Sports Card signed: "Ray Boone". Color, 2½x3½. © Topps Chewing Gum, no date. Career bio on verso. Boone (1923-2004) had a powerful throwing arm, but bad knees and ankles limited his range. He led AL shortstops in errors in 1951.

    Sale Price $90.00

    $100.00

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