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Raymond Mark Knoblauch

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 185 lbs

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The father of Chuck Knoblauch and the brother of minor league outfielder Eddie Knoblauch, pitcher Ray Knoblauch played in the minors for a decade, going 84-81. He debuted with the 1948 Albany Cardinals and went 4-5 with a 5.04 ERA. In 1949, Ray was 11-12 with a 5.01 ERA for the Odessa Oilers. In 1950, Knoblauch went 20-7 with a 3.06 ERA for Odessa. He was 4th in the Longhorn League in ERA and tied for fifth in wins. He led the league with 18 wild pitches and walked 148 in 226 innings, while striking out 162.

Ray did not pitch in Organized Baseball in 1951 or 1952. In 1953, he was 15-9 with a 3.88 ERA for the Augusta Rams. The 1954 season saw him go 12-17 with a 3.67 ERA with Augusta; he led the South Atlantic League in losses. In 1955, the 27-year-old hurler had a 13-16, 2.81 record for the Shreveport Sports. Despite the lowest ERA of the club's regular hurlers, he finished one loss away from leading the Texas League.

In 1956, Ray fell to 9-15, 4.74 for Shreveport for his third year in a row of 15+ losses. He was third in the Texas League in defeats suffered. In his final year, Knoblauch had no decisions for either Shreveport or the Tulsa Drillers.

He later was a longtime high school teacher and baseball coach in Houston, Texas, leading Bellaire High School to four state titles. He died of complications from Alzheimer's Disease at age 74.

Sources include 1951 and 1954 Baseball Guides, Pat Doyle's Professional Baseball Player Database

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