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Raymond Clifford Phelps

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Tennessee native Ray Phelps spent sixteen active seasons in professional baseball from 1924 to 1940. Ray was in the major leagues in five of those years, pitching for the Brooklyn Robins in 1930 and 1931 and the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1932 and the Chicago White Sox in 1935 and 1936. Ray had a combined big league record of 33-35 with a 4.93 ERA in 126 games.

Phelps also spent twelve active years in the minor leagues, racking up nine double-digit win seasons. He went over the magic twenty win mark in two of those years. The first came in 1926 with the Danville Leafs/High Point Pointers of the class C Piedmont League when he went 27-8, leading the league in both wins and strike-outs with 151. He turned the trick again in 1929, with the Jacksonville Tars of the class B Southeastern League, going 23-11 and his 136 K's led the league and helped place him on the All-Star team.

During his run in the minors Ray was with twelve teams in six leagues. Four of his double-digit years came with the AA St. Paul Saints of the American Association in 1934, '37, '38 and '39. Ray was 17-10 in 1934 for a team that went 67-84. Phelps finished up his minor league career in 1940 at the age of 36 with a 156-109 record and a 3.67 ERA in 359 games.

After baseball, Ray made his home in Fort Pierce, FL where he was connected with the Pitts Gas Company until his retirement. He died on July 7, 1971 at the Fort Pierce Memorial Hospital.

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