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Ronald James “Ron” Northey

  • Birth 26 Apr 1920 Mahanoy City, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 16 Apr 1971 Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
  • Plot Sanctuary Knoll, Plot 235, Grave 3
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  • Memorial ID 6861798

Major League Baseball Player. Played Major League baseball as an outfield for 12 seasons (1942 to 1944, 1946 to 1950, 1952, 1955 to 1957) with the Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox. Built with a slugger's body, he was a power hitter with a strong arm that benefited him in the outfield during his early days, but was very slow moving, which would cause him to be relegated to pinch hitting duties late in his career. Arriving with the Phillies in 1942, he immediately became the starting right fielder for a series of teams that were some of the most dismal in Baseball History. While he steady improved over the 1942, 1943 and 1944 seasons, his Phillies teams, beset with abysmal pitching and an uncaring ownership, finished dead last all three years. 1944 saw his career year when he hit a team-leading 22 Home Runs, drove in 104 RBIs and hit a decent .288 while leading all NL outfielders with 24 assists. On June 22 of that year he made history when his home run off of Al Javery in the top of the 15th Inning ended a marathon scoreless game against the Boston Braves. To date, the Phillies win that day is the longest 1-0 victory in Major League History to be decided by a Home Run. After missing 1945 for Military service, he returned to Phils team that was beginning to emerge from a 20+ year wallowing in the basement of the National League. He hit 16 homers and drove in 62 while the Phillies improved with 29 more wins than the previous season. However, after a lackluster start to the 1947 season, he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for outfielder Harry Walker. The trade turned out to be a lopsided one for the Phillies, for while Ron Northey would hit .293 for the Cardinals and slug 15 Home Runs, Harry Walker would tear up NL pitching to win the Batting Title with a .363 Average. While with the Cardinals his playing time decreased over the next two years, and he was sent to Cincinnati before the 1950 season. After 27 games the Reds traded him to the Cubs, who utilized him as a pinch hitter for most of the season. In that roll he hit his third career pinch-Grand Slam on September 18, which set a record that has since been equaled Rich Reese and Hall of Famer Willie McCovey, but not surpassed. Out of the Majors after 1950, he toiled in the Minors from 1951 to 1954 (with a one game appearance in 1952 with the Cubs). In 1955 his career was resurrected somewhat by a call up from the White Sox, who continued to use him in a pinch-hitting roll. He responded by making 48 pinch-hitting appearances in 1956, hitting .354 with 3 Home Runs and 23 RBIs. Mid-way through the 1957 seasons the Sox shipped him back to his original team, the Phillies, with whom he closed out his playing career, but not before providing the winning run with a pinch-hit home run on July 30 against the Reds. His career totals were 1,084 Games Played, 874 Hits, 385 Runs, 108 Home Runs, 513 RBIs and a career .276 Batting Average. After his playing days ended he became a coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates and a scout for several teams. His son Scott Northey played 20 games for the Kansas City Royals as an outfielder in 1969.

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  • Originally Created by: Fred King
  • Added: 19 Oct 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6861798
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ronald James “Ron” Northey (26 Apr 1920–16 Apr 1971), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6861798, citing Fairfield Memorial Park, Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .