Larry Raines

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Larry Raines
Third baseman/Shortstop
Born: (1930-03-09)March 9, 1930
St. Albans, West Virginia
Died: January 28, 1978(1978-01-28) (aged 47)
Lansing, Michigan
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 16, 1957, for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
September 26, 1958, for the Cleveland Indians
MLB statistics
Batting average .253
Home runs 2
Runs batted in 16

Lawrence Glenn Hope Raines (March 9, 1930 – January 28, 1978) was a Major League Baseball infielder who played for two seasons. He is reportedly one of the only people to play Minor League Baseball, Negro League baseball, Japanese Baseball, and Major League Baseball.[citation needed]

Raines first played for the Chicago American Giants in Negro league baseball.[1][2]

In 1953, he and fellow American Rufus Gaines traveled to Japan. Raines played for the Hankyu Braves in 1953–1954, and won the Pacific League batting title in 1954.[3]

He played for the Cleveland Indians from 1957 to 1958, and played 103 career Major League games.

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  1. ^ Akin, William E. West Virginia baseball: a history, 1865-2000 (McFarland & Company, Inc., 2006).
  2. ^ Moffi, Larry. Crossing the line: Black Major Leaguers (Bison Books, 2006), p. 170.
  3. ^ Fitts, Robert K. Remembering Japanese baseball: an oral history of the game (University of Nebraska Press, 2008), p. 172

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