August 31, 1916|
|Died: May 7, 1969
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|September 9, 1938 for the Cleveland Indians|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 28, 1947 for the Chicago Cubs|
|Runs batted in||278|
Raymond James Mack (born Raymond James Mlckovsky on August 31, 1916 – May 7, 1969) was a second baseman in Major League Baseball from 1938 to 1946 with the Cleveland Indians (2629 at bats) and in 1947 with the New York Yankees (0 AB's) and the Chicago Cubs (78 AB's). He attended one of the institutions that now comprise Case Western Reserve University, where he was known as an outstanding football player. In baseball, he batted and threw right-handed.
Mack was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He was known more for his fielding than his hitting, teaming up with Cleveland shortstop Lou Boudreau for a great double play combination in the early 1940s. He ended with a .966 career fielding percentage and helped complete 597 double plays. Mack saved Bob Feller's 1940 opening day no-hitter with a diving stop on the final out.
In a nine-season career, he had a batting average of .232 with 34 home runs and 278 RBIs. He stole 35 bases, scored 273 runs, and accumulated 113 doubles and 24 triples. He had 629 career hits in 2707 at-bats.
Mack died in Bucyrus, Ohio. His son, Tom played for the Los Angeles Rams in the National Football League and was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1999. Ray, too, had the option of playing football, but passed it up for baseball.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
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