Jack Graney

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Jack Graney
Jack Graney 1920.jpg
Born: June 10, 1886
St. Thomas, Ontario
Died: April 20, 1978(1978-04-20) (aged 91)
Louisiana, Missouri
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 30, 1908 for the Cleveland Naps
Last MLB appearance
June 28, 1922 for the Cleveland Indians
Career statistics
Batting average .250
Hits 1,178
Home runs 18
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.

Playing career[edit]

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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.


In the 1980s, the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame instituted an award in Graney's name, presented periodically to journalists deemed to have made notable contributions to promoting baseball in Canada.

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