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 Ray Lyle Fisher

Ray Lyle Fisher

Birth
Middlebury, Addison County, Vermont, USA
Death 3 Nov 1982 (aged 95)
Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA
Burial Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA
Memorial ID 30836299 · View Source
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Professional Baseball Player, Collegiate Baseball Coach. Born in Vermont, he played Major League baseball for ten seasons as a right handed starting pitcher for the New York Yankees and the Cincinnati Reds. Nicknamed "Pick" and the "Vermont Schoolteacher" by his teammates, he was versatile as an athlete in several sports including being a member of Vermont's state championship football team in 1904 before deciding to play baseball exclusively. Fisher began his professional baseball career in the minor leagues in 1908 while attending Middlebury College. After he graduated in 1910, his contract was sold to the New York Highlanders (who were soon to become known as the New York Yankees.) Fisher enjoyed a mildly successful run with the Yankees as a notable spitball pitcher until 1918 when he missed the entire season while serving in the United States Army during World War I. Signed by the Reds in 1919, he had one of his best seasons compiling a record of 14 and 5 with a 2.17 Earned Run Average and five shutouts. During the famous 1919 World Series, he started and lost Game 3 and also appeared in relief in Game 7. Although the spitball was banned in 1920, Fisher was one of 17 pitchers allowed to continue using the pitch due to a grandfather clause. He didn't know he had pitched his last game in the Majors in October of 1920. When the Reds decided to cut his salary by $1,000 during his contract renewal negotiation before the start of the 1921 baseball season, Fisher voiced his objection to the club's president and signed the contract in protest. He had also submitted an application to the University of Michigan for an opening as the varsity baseball coach. Within a few months, other Major League franchises expressed interest in signing Fisher to pitch during the summer of 1921. Fisher returned to Michigan and continued to coach the varsity baseball team through 1958. During his tenure, his teams won 14 Big Ten championships and the 1953 College World Series title. He coached 637 victories and 19 of his players went on to play in the Major Leagues. In 1970, the baseball stadium at Michigan was renamed Ray Fisher Stadium in his honor. In 1980, Commissioner Bowie Kuhn reinstated Fisher, making him one of the few players in the history of the game to be reinstated after a lifetime ban. He was a guest of honor on Old Timer's Day at Yankee Stadium three months before he died in 1982 at the age of 95. During his career, he appeared in 278 games, recorded 100 wins, 94 losses, and carried a lifetime ERA of 2.82.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 30836299
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ray Lyle Fisher (4 Oct 1887–3 Nov 1982), Find A Grave Memorial no. 30836299, citing Washtenong Memorial Park and Mausoleum, Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .