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Ray Hayworth

Full Name: Raymond Hall Hayworth
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6-0 Weight: 180 lbs.
Born: Jan 29, 1904 in High Point, N.C.
College: ?
Major League Debut: June 27, 1926
Died: September 25, 2002 in High Point, N.C.

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CAREER BATTING STATISTICS
 BATTING
YEAR TEAM LG AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K OBP SLG
1926
1929
1930
1931
1932
1933
1934
1935
1936
1937
1938
1938
1939
1939
1942
1944
1945
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Bro
Bro
NYG
StL
Bro
Bro
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
NL
NL
NL
AL
NL
NL
.273
.256
.278
.256
.293
.245
.293
.309
.240
.269
.211
.000
.154
.231
1.000
.000
.000
12
14
77
88
109
134
54
51
81
30
8
5
21
5
1
7
2
11
43
227
273
338
425
167
175
250
78
19
4
26
13
1
10
2
1
5
24
28
41
37
20
22
31
9
1
0
0
1
0
1
0
3
11
63
70
99
104
49
54
60
21
4
0
4
3
1
0
0
0
0
15
10
20
14
5
14
10
2
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
3
2
3
2
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
1
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
5
4
22
25
44
45
27
22
30
8
5
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
3
20
19
31
35
16
9
39
14
3
1
4
0
0
2
1
1
8
19
27
22
28
22
14
18
15
4
1
7
1
0
1
0
.333
.304
.336
.307
.354
.302
.355
.342
.347
.394
.318
.200
.267
.231
1.000
.167
.333
.273
.256
.379
.315
.382
.299
.347
.411
.292
.333
.211
.000
.231
.231
1.000
.000
.000
Totals AVG
.265
G
699
AB
2062
R
221
H
546
2B
92
3B
16
HR
5
RBI
238
BB
198
K
188
OBP
.331
SLG
.332


 BATTINGBASERUNNINGMISC
YEAR TEAM LG HBP GDP TB IBB SH SF SB CS SB% AB/HR AB/K
1926
1929
1930
1931
1932
1933
1934
1935
1936
1937
1938
1938
1939
1939
1942
1944
1945
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Bro
Bro
NYG
StL
Bro
Bro
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
NL
NL
NL
AL
NL
NL
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
2
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
0
2
0
0
1
0
3
11
86
86
129
127
58
72
73
26
4
0
6
3
1
0
0
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
1
1
8
2
4
4
0
6
6
2
0
0
3
1
0
0
0
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
1
1
0
2
0
0
0
0
--
--
--
0
0
--
-.---
-.---
.000
.000
.500
-.---
.000
-.---
-.---
-.---
1.000
-.---
-.---
-.---
-.---
-.---
-.---
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
169.0
425.0
--.-
--.-
250.0
78.0
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
11.0
5.4
11.9
10.1
15.4
15.2
7.6
12.5
13.9
5.2
4.8
4.0
3.7
13.0
--.-
10.0
--.-
Totals HBP
6
GDP
3
TB
685
IBB
--
SH
38
SF
--
SB
2
CS
6
SB%
.250
AB/HR
412.4
AB/K
11.0


CAREER FIELDING STATISTICS
YEAR TEAM LG POS G Ch PO A E DP FPCT
1926
1929
1930
1931
1932
1933
1934
1935
1936
1937
1938
1938
1939
1939
1944
1945
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Bro
Bro
NYG
StL
Bro
Bro
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
8
14
76
88
105
133
54
48
81
28
7
3
18
2
6
2
9
61
311
406
462
629
253
247
337
133
34
4
38
20
20
5
9
46
277
334
399
546
226
211
305
118
32
4
35
16
18
5
0
12
27
61
59
79
23
35
28
14
1
0
3
4
2
0
0
3
7
11
4
4
4
1
4
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
4
5
8
14
3
4
5
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
1.000
0.951
0.977
0.973
0.991
0.994
0.984
0.996
0.988
0.992
0.971
1.000
1.000
1.000
1.000
1.000
Totals G
673
Ch
2969
PO
2581
A
348
E
40
DP
46
FPCT
0.987


WORLD SERIES BATTING STATISTICS
 BATTING
YEAR TEAM LG AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K OBP SLG
1934
Det
AL
-.---
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
-.---
-.---
Totals AVG
-.---
G
1
AB
0
R
0
H
0
2B
0
3B
0
HR
0
RBI
0
BB
0
K
0
OBP
-.---
SLG
-.---


 BATTINGBASERUNNINGMISC
YEAR TEAM LG HBP GDP TB IBB SH SF SB CS SB% AB/HR AB/K
1934
Det
AL
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
-.---
--.-
--.-
Totals HBP
0
GDP
0
TB
0
IBB
0
SH
0
SF
0
SB
0
CS
0
SB%
-.---
AB/HR
--.-
AB/K
--.-


WORLD SERIES FIELDING
YEAR TEAM POS G Ch PO A E DP FPCT
1934
Det
C
1
1
1
0
0
0
1.000
Totals G
1
Ch
1
PO
1
A
0
E
0
DP
0
FPCT
1.000



A fine defensive catcher but only an ordinary hitter, Hayworth lost his job as the regular Tiger backstop in 1934 when Mickey Cochrane became player-manager. Hayworth was Cochrane's sub as Detroit won pennants in 1934 and 1935 and continued as a backup for the remainder of his career. His brother Red caught for the Browns during WWII [See Family of Catchers].


HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) – Ray Hayworth, who was the oldest surviving major league player, died Wednesday, September 25, 2002, at age 98.

Hayworth, who worked in baseball for more than 50 years, spent 15 seasons in the majors as a catcher, almost all of it with the Detroit Tigers. His death was confirmed Thursday morning by an aide to his grandson, Rep. J.D. Hayworth, R-Ariz.

Hayworth came to the majors in 1926 and was a member of Detroit’s World Series teams in 1934 and 1935. He set an American League record for most consecutive chances by a catcher without an error at 439 from Sept. 2, 1931 to Aug. 29, 1932 and his glove is in the Hall of Fame. The record was later broken by Hall of Famer Yogi Berra.

Hayworth also played the Brooklyn Dodgers and briefly with the New York Giants and St. Louis Browns. He had a career batting average of .265.

Fred Smith, the Detroit Tigers historian and secretary of the team’s alumni organization, said Hayworth’s age was difficult to verify because many players at the time he came up claimed they were older than they were. Baseball record books list his date of birth as Jan. 29, 1904.

“He was a good player, the kind you liked on the ball field. He was a good man,” Smith said. “Ray always had time to talk to the kids. He was a real good guy.”

After Hayworth retired in 1945, he worked for several teams, including the Chicago Cubs, the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves and the Montreal Expos. He retired from the Expos in 1973.

A graveside service is scheduled for Friday in Greensboro.