Ray Poole (baseball)

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Ray Poole
Pinch hitter
Born: (1920-01-16)January 16, 1920
Salisbury, North Carolina
Died: March 1, 2006(2006-03-01) (aged 86)
Burlington, North Carolina
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 9, 1941, for the Philadelphia Athletics
Last MLB appearance
June 13, 1947, for the Philadelphia Athletics
MLB statistics
Batting average.200
Home runs0
Runs batted in1

Raymond Herman Poole (January 16, 1920 – March 1, 2006) was an American professional baseball player whose career extended for ten seasons (1941; 1946–1954). An outfielder in minor league baseball, Poole appeared in 15 Major League games — all as a pinch hitter — for the 1941 and 1947 Philadelphia Athletics. He threw right-handed, batted left-handed, stood 6 feet (1.8 m) tall and weighed 180 pounds (82 kg). A native of Salisbury, North Carolina, he attended Catawba College in his home city. Poole served in the United States Army[1] during World War II from 1942–1945.[2]

During his brief Major League career, Poole never appeared in the field.[3] In his 15 MLB games as a pinch hitter (two in 1941 and 13 in 1947) he recorded 16 plate appearances and 15 at bats with one base on balls and three hits, all singles. He scored one run and drove in one run as well. Much of his minor league career occurred at the Class B level, in the Piedmont and Southeastern Leagues.


  1. ^ Baseball in Wartime
  2. ^ The ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia. Sterling Publishing. 2007. p. 823. ISBN 1-4027-4771-3.
  3. ^ Retrosheet

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