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Romer Carl Grey born Romer Carl Gray

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 175 lb.

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The brother of author and minor league outfielder Zane Grey, Reddy Grey hit .320/?/.456 in 826 games in the minor leagues and scored 700 runs in 826 games. He led his league at least once in hits and home runs. In the majors, he was 1 for 3 with a walk at the plate.

[edit] 1895-1896: Low minors

Reddy began his professional baseball career in 1895 with the Findlay, OH team in the Interstate League. He hit .343/?/.622 with 14 homers, 19 steals and 64 runs in 52 games. He also played that year with the Jackson Jaxons and batted .454/?/.691 with 10 triples and 57 runs in 31 games, averaging over two hits per game (69 hits).

In 1896, he was with the Fort Wayne Farmers and batted .374/?/.601 with 20 triples. He scored 68 runs in 61 games and on May 9, he scored 8 runs in a single contest.

[edit] 1897-1900: Buffalo and Toronto

By 1897, Grey was in one of the highest minor leagues, hitting .309/?/.410 for the Buffalo Bisons. He stole 19 bases and scored 118 runs, leading the club.

At age 23, Reddy hit .320/?/.420 for the Toronto Maple Leafs and stole 21 bases in 122 games. He scored 110 runs, third on his club but also third in the Eastern League. He led the EL in both hits (174) and at-bats (543). In 1899, Grey batted .317/?/.448 for the Maple Leafs and scored 90 runs in 112 games. He scored 33 bases and clubbed 9 home runs. In Toronto for a third go-around in 1900, Grey hit .292/?/.379 with 66 runs and 18 steals in 89 contests.

[edit] 1901-1903: More EL seasons and a cup of coffee in the majors

Grey led the 1901 EL with 12 home runs while playing for the Buffalo Pan Ams and the Rochester Hustlers. He produced at a .307/?/.467 clip, stole 36 bases and legged out 11 triples. In 1902, he was limited to 46 games for Rochester, hitting .250/?/.327.

In his final season, Reddy hit .310/?/.376 in 56 games for the Worcester Riddlers/Montreal Royals. On May 28, he played his only major league game, going 1 for 3 with a walk, run and RBI for the 1903 Pirates. He handled his one chance in left field flawlessly. It is unclear why he never played again in the majors though Pittsburgh had a strong outfield with Hall-of-Famer Fred Clarke in left, defending batting titlist Ginger Beaumont in center and prospect Jimmy Sebring in right.

[edit] Sources

The Minor League Register ed. by W. Lloyd Johnson, The International League: Year-by-Year Statistics by Marshall Wright

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