|Born: June 10, 1886
St. Thomas, Ontario
|Died: April 20, 1978
|Batted: Left||Threw: Left|
|April 30, 1908 for the Cleveland Naps|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 28, 1922 for the Cleveland Indians|
|Runs batted in||420|
|Career highlights and awards|
John Gladstone Graney (June 10, 1886 – April 20, 1978) was a Canadian left fielder in Major League Baseball who played his entire career with the Cleveland Indians. Following his playing days, Graney became a baseball broadcaster.
On June 26, 1916, the Cleveland Indians used numbers on their uniforms on an experimental basis in a home game against the White Sox. The numbers, which were worn on the players' uniform sleeves, corresponded with information in the scorecards. Jack Graney was the first major league player to appear in a game with a number on his uniform. He was also the first batter to face Babe Ruth.
After retiring from playing, Graney became a play-by-play broadcaster for the team, thus being the first former major league player to become a broadcaster in the United States. He died at age 91 in Louisiana, Missouri. He has been inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.
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