Ray Dandridge

Ray Dandridge
Birthdate 8/31/1913
Death Date 2/12/1994
Debut Year 1933
Year of Induction 1987
Teams Negro Leagues
Position Third Base

Ray Dandridge compared his defensive prowess to a 13-time Gold Glover saying, “Ozzie (Smith) is the onliest guy I’ve seen who’s got my style.”

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His first year in integrated ball, Dandridge hit .362 in Triple-A in 1949 at age 36

His first year in integrated ball, Dandridge hit .362 in Triple-A in 1949 at age 36

A brilliant fielder with a canon for an arm, Ray Dandridge also hit for a high average. Two years after Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier, Dandridge played for the New York Giants Triple-A Minneapolis Millers Already 36 years old, Dandy hit .362 with 144 hits and 64 RBI in only 99
Buck O'Neil lists Ray Dandridge on his All Time Negro League team

Buck O'Neil lists Ray Dandridge on his All Time Negro League team

Fellow Cooperstown man Monte Irvin said of the third baseman, “Dandridge didn’t get the chance to play in the majors, but he had major league talent. He was a superstar.” In 1987 Hall of Fame voters recognized Dandridge’s as one of the greatest to play the game. The legendary Buck O’Ne
Ray Dandridge became Cooperstown's 11th Negro Leaguer on July 26, 1987

Ray Dandridge became Cooperstown's 11th Negro Leaguer on July 26, 1987

The establishment of baseball’s color line deprived a wide swatch of society from making a living. It also deprived many baseball fans from seeing the best the game has to offer. Negro League third baseman Ray Dandridge was one of the most complete ball players of his day or any other. A slick

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