Ralph “Red” Kress

Ralph “Red” Kress

Columbia, Tuolumne County, California, USA
Death 29 Nov 1962 (aged 57)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Garden of Honor, locked private garden
Memorial ID 47805694 · View Source
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Major League Baseball Player and Coach. From 1927 through 1946, the right-handed Kress played for the St. Louis Browns (1927 to 1932, 1938 to 1939), Chicago White Sox (1932 to 1934), Washington Senators (1934 to 1936), Detroit Tigers (1939 to 1940) and New York Giants (1946). Primarily a shortstop, he showed his versatility playing every position but catcher and center fielder. In 1929 he led all American League shortstops in fielding percentage (.946) and double plays (94) and during three consecutive seasons (1929 to 1931) he batted over .300 with over 100 RBI. During his career as a player he was a .286 lifetime hitter with 1454 hits, 298 doubles, 58 triples, 89 home runs, 691 runs, 799 RBI, and 47 stolen bases in 1391 games played. Kress started his coaching career with the Giants in 1947 and went on to coach the Indians for eight seasons (1953 to 1960), then the Angels in their maiden AL season (1961). In 1962 Kress returned to New York to coach for the Mets under Casey Stengel. Following that season, Kress died from a heart attack in Los Angeles at 57 years of age.

Bio by: Louis du Mort


Major League Player and Coach for 26 years
36 Years in Professional Baseball
He Gave So Much of Himself
So Others Would Receive Happiness



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