Tony Ravish

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Anthony Ravish

Tony Ravish began his long baseball career as a catcher for the Akron Yankees of the Middle Atlantic League in 1940, hitting .328, third in the league. Promoted to the Amsterdam Rugmakers in 1941, he struggled and batted only .212. He did worse with the Augusta Tigers, managing just a .118 average. With the Columbia Reds in 1942, Tony batted .265. He then spent three years working at the Sampson Naval Base, where he got to catch Johnny Vander Meer, Hal White and Jim Konstanty. Leaving the service after World War II, he played in 1946 with the Peekskill Highlanders and hit .369, third in the North Atlantic League. He also managed the club to a pennant. He reached his highest level in 1947 when he played briefly in the International League, going 2 for 18 for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He spent most of the season with the Quebec Alouettes, hitting .232. He became Quebec's manager during a last-place season, replacing Buck Desorey at the helm. The next year he guided Quebec to a 56-82, an improvement, but still worst in the Canadian-American League. He broke his leg in the first game of the year and did not play the rest of the season. Commenting on his managerial track record, Ravish joked, "That first year (with Peekskill) I won the pennant, won the playoffs. I was the all-star manager. I was smart as hell. The following year I wound up in the cellar in Quebec. So a year later I wasn't as smart."

He would appear one more year, with the 1949 Springfield Giants, batting .267. After retiring as a player, Ravish became a scout for 35 years for the Boston Red Sox and San Francisco Giants. His most prominent signee was Bill White. He also appeared as a scout in the movie The Big Leaguer in 1953.

Sources: Baseball's Canadian-American League by David Pietrusza, Pat Doyle's Professional Baseball Player Database