Rex Ralston Cecil
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 195 lb.
- High School Long Beach Polytechnic High School
- Debut August 13, 1944
- Final Game May 28, 1945
- Born October 8, 1916 in Lindsay, OK USA
- Died October 23, 1966 in Long Beach, CA USA
Oklahoma native Rex Cecil spent fourteen active seasons in professional baseball from 1937 to 1953. He appeared in parts of two seasons in the Major Leagues with the Boston Red Sox in 1944 and 1945. Rex appeared in 18 games during his Major League career, winning 6 and losing 10 with a 5.10 ERA.
The Red Sox originally purchased his contract when Tex Hughson was inducted in the military; Cecil had never seen a major league game or played east of his native state at that point. He was in Phoenix, AZ when he got the call, immediately flew across the country and arrived in Boston in time for a double header at Fenway Park on August 13, 1944. In spite of his lack of recent sleep, he was called into the game against the St. Louis Browns in the opener when it went into extra innings. He got out of a jam in the 10th and went on to pitch 4 scoreless innings, ending up a winner when Bobby Doerr hit a solo homer in the bottom of the 13th.
Spending the rest of his 14-year career in the minor leagues, he built a 161-147 record with a 3.59 ERA while appearing in 419 games. He also managed the Bakersfield Badgers for part of the 1942 season.
He served in the United States Army during World War II. He was later a roofer for a construction company. He died from cirrhosis of the liver in a Veterans Administration hospital. His brother Lou Cecil played in the minor leagues.
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|1942||Bakersfield Badgers||California League||4-12||--||--||replaced Jack Colbern (9-16) on May 22|
replaced by Lee Dempsey (9-17) on June 6