Place of Birth:
June 4, 1922 in
Rank: Seaman First Class
Military Unit: US Navy
Area Served: Mediterranean and Pacific Theaters of Operation
Major League Stats: Ray Coleman on Baseball-Almanac
L “Ray” Coleman was born on June 4, 1922 in
Batting .252 with 6 home runs and 37 RBIs, the
young outfielder moved on to the Mayfield Browns of the Kitty League
for 1942. Coleman had an outstanding season with Mayfield and batted
.346 while leading the league with 52 doubles and 122 RBIs. He
earned promotion to
Seaman First Class Coleman was initially
"Boy, I never thought it was going to end," Coleman said in the Spring 2006 edition of Pop Flies - the official newsletter of the St Louis Browns Historical Society. "But at least I always had a dry bed to sleep in.
“I didn't play any ball while in the Navy - all I
got was beacheads! One time we went through
“I was on a transport while I was in the Navy.
Ammunition and troops, all that. I was in the Indian Ocean,
“When we came back after the second run I went
aboard another ship. We started in
When Coleman left the service at the end of 1945,
he joined the
Coleman played 110 games and batted .259. He got
off to a slow start in 1948 and was traded by the Browns to the
Athletics on June 4. Coleman returned to the minors for 1949, but
after batting .295 with 23 home runs and 113 RBIs for
He was selected off waivers by the White Sox in
July 1951 and ended his major league career when he returned to the
Browns for the third time in 1952. He continued to play in the minor
leagues for a few more years with
Ray Coleman lives in
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