Dandridge, Ray

Raymond Emmett Dandridge Sr.
Born: August 31, 1913, Richmond, Virginia
Died: February 12, 1994, Palm Bay, Florida
Played For: 
Detroit Stars (1933), Nashville Elite Giants (1933), Newark Dodgers (1933-1935), Newark Eagles (1936-1939, 1942, 1944), New York Cubans (1949)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1987

Diminutive, bow-legged Ray Dandridge was one of the best defensive third basemen in the history of the Negro National League or any other league. A contact hitter who consistently batted .300 or better, Dandridge played seven years with Newark of the Negro National League and also spent eight summers in the Mexican League and 11 winters in the Cuban Winter League. After the color barrier fell, he played four years with the Giants' Triple-A affiliate in Minneapolis, batting .318 overall and winning the American Association MVP in 1950.

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Did You Know: 
that at the advanced age of 36, Minneapolis' Ray Dandridge batted an astounding .362 and led all American Association third basemen with a stellar .981 fielding percentage?
There simply never was a smoother functioning master at third base than Dandridge, and he can hit that apple, too.
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