Ray Blosse

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Raymond W. Blosse

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 193 lb.
  • Born ~1947

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Biographical Information[edit]

Ray Blosse had one of the biggest games for Team USA in the 20th Century then played in the minors.

Blosse was on Team USA for the 1967 Pan American Games. He got the nod in the Gold Medal Game to square off against Manuel Alarcón of Cuba, which had won the Gold in 1963 and would win the next 10 Golds, through 2007. Blosse held his own, allowing only one run (when two of Steve Sogge's errors let Urbano González reach and later score in the 6th) in nine but it was 1-1 entering the bottom of the 9th. He drew a leadoff walk in the 9th then rain delayed the game for 15 minutes. Mark Marquess bunted him over and he advanced to third on a single by Mike Lisetski. George Greer then singled him in the winner. He thus had not only pitched a one-run complete game win over Cuba, but also had scored the winning run. Through 2018, the US has not won another baseball Gold in the Pan American Games. [1]

Ray was picked by the Detroit Tigers in the 3rd round of the 1968 amateur draft, 58th overall, two picks before Lynn McGlothen. He was 1-4 with a 3.82 ERA for the 1968 Lakeland Tigers and 2-2 with a 6.84 ERA and 22 walks in 25 IP for the '69 Montgomery Rebels. He had gone 4 for 19 with 2 doubles at the plate over those two years.

He missed all of 1970. He returned to Montgomery to go 6-5 with a 4.43 ERA in 1971. He was 6th in the Dixie Association in walks (91, between Wes Scott and Mark Ballinger) and led with 23 wild pitches (one ahead of Ballinger). Half his wins were shutouts. In 1972, he made it to AAA but was 5-9 with a 5.21 ERA for the Toledo Mud Hens to end his pro career. He walked 87 to finish 3rd in the 1972 International League after Mike Wegener and Mike Nagy and led with 14 wild pitches.

He had gone 14-20 with a 4.87 ERA in 70 pro games (50 starts) with 220 walks in 318 innings.