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Charles Ray Knight

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 190 lb.

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[edit] Biographical Information

Ray Knight played thirteen years in the majors and also managed for parts of three seasons.

Knight was a tenth round pick of the Cincinnati Reds in the 1970 amateur draft and first came to the majors with the club in 1974 at age 21. He was not up with the Reds during the great Big Red Machine years of 1975 and 1976 but was a frequently-used backup the next two seasons.

Knight was highly touted as the replacement for third baseman Pete Rose, which was a hard role to play. Rose, who had hit .302 with 103 runs scored while playing third base for the 1978 Reds, moved in 1979 to the Philadelphia Phillies where he hit .331. Knight, meanwhile, hit .318 with 37 doubles for the 1979 Reds. He was an All-Star in 1980, but his offensive production slipped and he was traded to the Houston Astros for Cesar Cedeno.

With the Astros hit .294 and was named to the All-Star team in 1982 and batted .304 in 1983. However, when his average slipped in 1984, he was sent to the New York Mets in a late season deal. After hitting just .218 in 90 games for New York in 1985, he bounced back and hit .298 with 11 homers and 76 RBIs the next year, earning the National League Comeback Player of the Year honors. The Mets won the World Series that year, and he hit .391 with 5 RBI en route to being named the Series MVP. He mostly hit # 6 in the lineup in the Series. Howard Johnson was his backup at third base in 1986, and in 1987 became the Mets' regular third baseman.

Knight became a free agent following the 1986 season, and expecting a bigger payday as a result of his postseason heroics, turned down the Mets offer. He moved to the 1987 Baltimore Orioles and the 1988 Detroit Tigers for his last two major league seasons. He ended up with 1,495 major league games, of which 1,021 were at third base and 339 were at first base. He never led the majors in any key offensive statistic, coming closest in 1979 when his .318 average was third in the league.

Knight came back to the Reds as a member of their coaching staff from 1993 to 1995 and was their manager in 1996 and 1997. He rejoined the club as a coach in 2002 and 2003 and as interim manager for one game in the latter season. He has also been a broadcaster for ESPN and is currently is a television broadcaster for MASN's broadcasts of Washington Nationals games.

During his career, Knight received attention as the spouse of professional golfer Nancy Lopez.

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Preceded by
Davey Johnson
Cincinnati Reds Manager
1996-1997
Succeeded by
Jack McKeon

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