Ralston Burdett Hemsley
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 170 lb.
- Debut April 19, 1928
- Final Game April 17, 1947
- Born June 24, 1907 in Syracuse, OH USA
- Died July 31, 1972 in Washington, DC USA
Hemsley reached the majors in 1928 with the Pittsburgh Pirates and became a regular behind the plate in 1930. The next season, he was traded to the Chicago Cubs, where he backed up Gabby Hartnett, and following the 1932 campaign, he was dealt to the Cincinnati Reds, where he was a backup to Ernie Lombardi.
Dealt to the St. Louis Browns late in the 1933 season, Hemsley became a regular starter once again. With St. Louis, he hit .309 in 1934 and was an American League All-Star in 1935 and 1936. His average dipped to .222 in 1937, and prior to the next season, he was traded to the Cleveland Indians for four players.
With the Indians, Hemsley initially backed up regular catcher Frankie Pytlak, but after Pytlak was injured, he took over as the starter behind the plate. He earned another selection to the All-Star team in 1939. On Opening Day 1940, he caught Bob Feller's no-hitter, and he made the AL All-Star squad for the fourth time that summer.
Following a brief stint with the Reds in 1942, Hemsley moved on to the New York Yankees. While playing for New York, he was primarily a backup but earned a fifth selection to the All-Star Game in 1944.
Following his playing days, Hemsley became a minor league manager. With the Columbus Red Birds in 1950, he was named Minor League Manager of the Year by The Sporting News. After stints as a Philadelphia Athletics coach in 1954 and a member of the Washington Senators staff in 1961 and 1962, he returned to the minors to manage again. With the Indianapolis Indians in 1963, he was again named The Sporting News Manager of the Year. He also played and coached in the Cuban Winter League.
Following his baseball days, Hemsley sold real estate in a Washington, DC suburb.
- 5-time AL All-Star (1935, 1936, 1939, 1940 & 1944)
- Won a World Series with the New York Yankees in 1943 (he did not play in the World Series)
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|1949||Nashville Vols||Southern Association||95-57||1st||Chicago Cubs||League Champs|
|1950||Columbus (OH) Red Birds||American Association||84-69||3rd||St. Louis Cardinals||League Champs|
|1951||Texas City Texans||Gulf Coast League||57-68||--||none||--||replaced by William Rogers (13-16) on August 10|
|1952||Toledo Mud Hens / Charleston Senators||American Association||46-107||8th||none|
|1956||Charlotte Hornets||South Atlantic League||79-61||2nd||Washington Senators||Lost in 1st round|
|1963||Indianapolis Indians||International League||86-67||1st||Chicago White Sox||League Champs|
|1964||Cedar Rapids Red Raiders||Midwest League||51-69||6th||Cincinnati Reds|
|1969||Waterloo Hawks||Midwest League||52-72||7th||Kansas City Royals|