|Birth: ||Jul. 11, 1931|
Jefferson (Allegheny County)
|Death: ||Jul. 8, 2013|
Major League Baseball Player. He earned a place in the history books when he became the first Dodger to hit a home run following the franchise's relocation to Los Angeles. Born Richard Benjamin Gray, he attended Waynesburg College in Pennsylvania, prior to being signed as an amateur free agent by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1952. Following service with the United States Military during the Korean War, he marked his Major League debut as the starting third baseman with the newly-relocated Los Angeles Dodgers on April 15th, 1958. The following night (April 16th), he belted the first home run in Los Angeles Dodgers' history against the Giants at Seals Stadium in San Francisco. He also held the distinction as being the first Dodger to record a home run at their then home field the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. He went onto produce a career-high 6 triples and 9 round-trippers that year. In 1959, he was acquired by the St. Louis Cardinals and yielded a .314 batting average in 36 games played. After retiring from professional baseball in 1962, he worked for the maintenance department of the Anaheim School district. Gray is a member of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. (bio by: C.S.)
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: C.S.
Record added: Jul 11, 2013
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