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Charles Douglas Cary

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Chuck Cary pitched for the University of California Bears in the 1980 College World Series, going 1-0 and leaving a semifinal game against the University of Arizona with a lead.

He was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 7th round of the 1981 amateur draft. The left-handed pitcher spent 1981 in the South Atlantic League with the Macon Peaches. He appeared in 13 games, pitching 87 innings, winning 5 and losing 5 with a 2.59 ERA. Chuck would spend the next 2 years pitching for the Evansville Triplets, Birmingham Barons and the Nashville Sounds before he was brought up to the major leagues by the Tigers in 1985.

Cary spent the last month of 1985 and all of 1986 with the Tigers but was traded on January 27, 1987, along with Randy O'Neal to the Atlanta Braves for Terry Harper and Freddy Tiburcio. Cary was with the Braves in 1987 and 1988 but was released by them on December 4th that second year. On January 26, 1989 he signed as a free agent with the New York Yankees.

Cary stayed with the Yankees from 1989 through 1991 but was released on October 28, 1991, following elbow surgery in September. In 1992, Chuck was 3-5 with a save and a 3.61 ERA in 19 games for the Yomiuri Giants.

He returned to the major leagues in 1993 when he signed as a free agent on January 8th with the Chicago White Sox. Chuck's last games where in the 1993 Midwest League with the South Bend White Sox. He showed 1 win and 1 loss while appearing in 8 games. On October 19th he was granted free agency.

Chuck's major league stats with four teams over eight years showed he appeared in 134 games, pitching 410 1/3 innings with 14 wins and 26 losses, showing a respectable 4.17 ERA. Chuck never had the luxury of playing for a winning team. When asked about it in an interview at Madison Square Garden, he simply stated: "All of these teams are winners. They are the best in the world and I get to play on them. Explain to me the downside please?" Chuck spent a good 13-year run in professional baseball. His minor league work shows that he had 41 wins and 51 losses, appearing in 243 games, pitching 789 innings and recording a 4.21 ERA.

Cary ended his career earlier than needed in order to travel less and spend time with his family. After his baseball career, Cary spent five years as the Executive Director for Playground Destination Properties, and in 2009 was the President/CEO of Sea Sotheby's international real estate. In his real estate career Chuck has been responsible for the development, sales and marketing of almost 15 billion dollars in real estate.

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