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Place of Birth:
January 16, 1920 Salisbury, North Carolina
March 1, 2006 Salisbury, North Carolina
Sixth Air Force,
Panama Canal Zone
Raymond H “Ray” Poole was
born on January 16, 1920 in Salisbury, North
Carolina. The 6-foot, left-handed-hitting
Catawba College where he was a standout baseball
player and signed with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1941.
Poole played for
of the Interstate League his rookie year and batted .284 with 39
RBIs. He earned a late-season promotion to the Athletics and made
two pinch-hitting appearances in September.
Poole pro baseball career was put on hold when he
entered service with the Army at
South Carolina on February 27,
1942. He was later assigned to
Sheppard Field, Texas
where he played regularly for the baseball team.
In 1944, Corporal Poole was sent to the Canal
Zone and played for the Balboa Brewers in Panama. He quickly established
himself as on of the Canal Zone League stars and led the league with
a .345 batting average after 28 games.
Poole returned to baseball in 1946 and batted
.308 with Savannah in the South
Atlantic League. He joined the Athletics for the beginning of the
1947 season and made 13 pinch-hit appearances for a .231 average
before being sent to Montgomery of the
Southeastern League in June.
of the Southeastern League in 1948 and had three strong .300-plus
seasons with the team. He played for Richmond
of the Piedmont League in 1951, was with
Danville of the Carolina League in 1952 and returned to
for two seasons in 1952. In 1954, his final season in professional
baseball, Poole batted .303 and hit a career-high 13 home runs for
the Colonial Heights-Petersburg Colts of the Piedmont League.
Ray Poole passed away in Salisbury, North Carolina
on March 1, 2006. He was 86.
Created January 12, 2008.
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