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John William Rawlings
(Red)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 8", Weight 158 lb.

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Johnny Rawlings played 12 seasons in the majors and managed in the AAGPBL with the Grand Rapids Chicks (1946-1950) and Rockford Peaches (1953-1954).

Rawlings, although not a strong hitter, was good enough to play for John McGraw's pennant winning New York Giants in 1921-22, and in the 1921 World Series he hit .333 with 3 doubles. Late in his career he was also on the pennant-winning 1925 Pirates although he did not appear in post-season play.

Johnny was born in Iowa but attended high school in Los Angeles, CA. By age 18 he was playing for Vernon in the PCL and then was with Victoria in 1912-13.

He split his rookie year between the 1914 Packers of the 1914 Federal League and the 1914 Reds of the 1914 National League. He stayed with the Packers in 1915 but then spent the rest of his major league career in the National League, through 1926.

1916, though, was spent in the minors at Toledo, for whom he had 13 triples. After his major league career he also played in the minors through 1930, ending up in Los Angeles.

He later died in the Los Angeles area in 1972.

The book Baseball in Long Beach has a photo of Rawlings in 1926. He was there playing in the California Winter League.

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