Monday, December 31, 2012
On this day in 1924, pitcher Ted Gray was born.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Ted was the star of his high school and caught the attention of the Detroit Tigers, who signed him at age seventeen, in 1942. He joined the Tigers in 1942, but did not play. Then he joined the Navy for the remainder of World War II and pitched on the Navy team. He rejoined professional baseball in the 1946 season.
After the 1954 season, he was sent to the White Sox in a six player deal. Gray made his White Sox debut on May 1, 1955 against the Orioles in the first game of a doubleheader. Ted started the game and went one and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs while facing just nine batters. Gray came into a game against the Detroit Tigers to start the seventh inning on May 7th and gave up four runs over one and a third innings. The White Sox released Ted on May 23, 1955. He also pitched for and was released by the Cleveland Indians, the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles in 1955.