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Edward Joseph McGah

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California native Eddie McGah spent six years in professional baseball from 1940 to 1948. McGah spent his first two seasons (1940-1941) with the Boston Red Sox chain, having a good year in the 1941 season with the Oneonta Indians of the class C Canadian-American League. McGah hit .329 with 11 homers in 114 games. Eddie started the 1942 season with the Scranton Red Sox of the class A Eastern League and after appearing in 11 games, he was drafted into military service, where he spent the next three years (1943-1945) in the Pacific Theater of Operations with the United States Navy during World War II.

McGah returned to baseball in time for the 1946 season and the 24-year-old catcher appeared in 15 games with the Boston Red Sox, hitting .216 in 37 at-bats. He spent most of the 1947 year with the Louisville Colonels of the American Association where he appeared in 59 games and hit .218 with six homers. He was back with the Red Sox in late 1947 and appeared in nine games without a hit. Eddie played his final game in the big leagues on September 21st that year.

McGah spent 1948 in the minor leagues with the Scranton team again, his last in professional baseball, appearing in just 35 games and hitting at a .248 clip. He appeared in 219 games in his war-shortened career and hit at an estimated .288 average with 17 home runs. After baseball, McGah was a minority owner of the Oakland Raiders football team from 1959 to 2002. Edward Joseph McGah died on his 81st birthday, September 30, 2002 in Oakland, CA.

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