Ray Lyle Fisher
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11½", Weight 180 lb.
- School Middlebury College
- High School Middlebury High School
- Debut July 2, 1910
- Final Game October 2, 1920
- Born October 4, 1887 in Middlebury, VT USA
- Died November 3, 1982 in Ann Arbor, MI USA
In 1921 the Cincinnati Reds cut 'Fisher's salary by $1,000. Rather than take the pay cut, Fisher asked for his release, then quit to coach baseball at the University of Michigan when the Reds wouldn't release him. For this offense, Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis banned Fisher. In 1980, Commissioner Bowie Kuhn reinstated him back into baseball.
In 1951, Fisher was one of a number of baseball figures who testified before the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Study of Monopoly Power in its investigation of baseball's business practices. His testimony focused primarily on the circumstances surrounding his leaving the Cincinnati Reds to take the coaching position at Michigan and his subsequent blacklisting by the Commissioner.
In addition to coaching Middlebury in 1910, Fisher coached Michigan for 38 years (1921-1958) winning nine Big Ten Conference titles outright and sharing four more. The 1953 team won the 1953 College World Series. In 1970, the ballpark at the University of Michigan was renamed "Ray Fisher Baseball Stadium" in his honor.
He lived to age 95. Shortly before his death he was honored at Old Timers' Day at Yankee Stadium. Prior to his death, he was the oldest-living former player of the Yankees and Reds.
- 15 Wins Seasons: 1 (1915)
- 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 4 (1913-1915 & 1920)
- Won a World Series with the Cincinnati Reds in 1919
- United States. Congress. House. Committee on the Judiciary. Study of Monopoly Power: Hearings before the Subcommittee on Study of Monopoly Power, Part 6 - Organized Baseball. 1952.