Ron Northey

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1952 Topps #204 Ron Northey

Ronald James Northey

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Biographical Information[edit]

Ron Northey played twelve seasons in the big leagues, and was in the top ten in slugging percentage three times. He came up in the war years with the Philadelphia Phillies, and was a regular outfielder with them from 1942 to 1947, except for the time he missed because of military service in World War II. He entered the Army in January 1945 and was discharged in November, missing that season in its entirety.

He was traded in early 1947 to the St. Louis Cardinals, where he spent most of three seasons. After that, he was in the majors five more years, increasingly becoming a pinch hitter. He was also in the minors for several years in the early 1950s.

After his playing career ended, outfielder Northey was a Chicago White Sox scout (1958-1960) and Pittsburgh Pirates coach (1961-1963).

Northey's son, Scott Northey, also played in the majors.

The SABR biography of Joe Boley says that Ron grew up as his next door neighbor.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 1 (1944)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 1 (1944)

Records Held[edit]

Grand slams, as a pinch hitter, career, 3 (tied)

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