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Johnny won more than twice as many games last year than he did in his past 3 pro seasons combined! After signing as a $65,000 bonus player, he pitched only 4 innings for the Braves in '48 without a decision. Although he didn't have a winning season in '49, Johnny finished with a low 3.56 ERA. A six man deal brings him to the Giants for '54.
During the Spring of '47, Johnny's father took him on a tour of all the major league training camps.
John was such a great prospect that all the clubs wanted him. So his father heard all the offers before allowing John to sign with the Braves!
Ray had a fine freshman year in '53 placing 2nd to Musial in Cardinal RBI's and tying for 2nd in Team Homers. He started his career by hitting .326 and .354 for Milford in 1947-48. Ray led the Carolina league with a .363 mark in '51, and in '52 was named the International League Rookie-of-the-Year.
versatility in '52
Because injuries hit the team Ray filled in at every infield position!