Ted Gray

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Biographical Information[edit]

Southpaw Teddy Gray pitched all but one season of his nine-year major league career with the Detroit Tigers, his hometown team. In his last season in the big leagues, at age 30, he was released by four American League teams.

He was signed as a free agent by the Tigers in 1942, when he was 17 years old. He played for the Winston-Salem Twins in 1942, then missed 1943-1945 due to military service. He came to the majors for the first time in 1946, pitching in 3 games. He came back to stay in 1948.

Gray was usually a starter, but also had some relief appearances each year. From 1949 to 1953, he won 10 or more games four times for the generally sad-sack Tigers. He won 59 games in his major league career, with a high of 12 in 1952 and three other seasons when he won 10. He was in the top ten in strikeouts four times, but he was also among the leaders in home runs allowed three times.

Gray was named to the All-Star team in 1950 and took the loss in the game. An article appeared in Baseball Digest saying that he appeared "despite his unimpressive 10-7, 4.40 stats" that year. But in fact, at the All-Star break Gray was 10-3. In the game, although he got the loss, he retired Stan Musial and Ralph Kiner consecutively, and struck out Roy Campanella.

The Tigers were a consistently good team while he was with them from 1946-1950, but they slid into the second division from 1951 on, losing 104 games in 1952.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • AL All-Star (1950)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 1 (1952)

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