Larry Raines

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Larry Raines
Born: (1930-03-09)March 9, 1930
St. Albans, West Virginia, U.S.
Died: January 28, 1978(1978-01-28) (aged 47)
Lansing, Michigan, U.S.
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 runs2
Runs batted in16
NPB statistics
Batting average.302
Home runs31
Runs batted in172

Lawrence Glenn Hope Raines (March 9, 1930 – January 28, 1978) was a infielder in Major League Baseball who played from 1957 to 1958 for the Cleveland Indians.[1]


Born in St. Albans, West Virginia, Raines is recognized for having been the first ballplayer to perform professionally in Minor League Baseball, Negro league baseball, Japanese Baseball and the major leagues.[2]

Raines debuted professionally with the Chicago American Giants of the Negro American League, a premier team owned and managed by the legendary Rube Foster.[2][3] In 1952, he topped the East–West All-Star Game poll with a total of 24,583 votes and started at shortstop for the Western Division at Comiskey Park.[4]

In 1953, Raines traveled to Japan where he played two seasons for the Hankyu Braves.[5] Raines posted a .286 batting average with eight home runs and 49 runs batted in through 120 games in his season debut. Then in 1953, he won the Pacific League batting title with a .337 average,[6] while collecting 18 homers and 96 RBI in 137 games.[5][7]

Afterwards, Raines returned in 1955 to the United States and agreed to sign a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians. Raines spent two years in the Cleveland minor league system before being promoted to the Indians in 1957. He was used sparingly in some ways, going up and down between the majors and the minors until 1958.[5]

Raines later played from 1959 through 1961 at Triple-A level for the Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds and Minnesota Twins organizations. He returned to Hankyu for one more season in 1962, retiring after that.[5] In between, Raines played winterball in Venezuela for the Rapiños de Occidente club in its 1960-61 season.[8]

Raines died in 1978 in Lansing, Michigan, at the age of 47.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Major League Baseball statistics. Baseball Reference
  2. ^ a b Akin, William E. West Virginia baseball: a history, 1865-2000. McFarland & Company, Inc., 2006.
  3. ^ Moffi, Larry. Crossing the line: Black Major Leaguers, p. 170. Bison Books, 2006.
  4. ^ Holway, John B. (2001), The Complete Book of Baseball's Negro Leagues: The Other Half of Baseball History, Fern Park, FL: Hastings House, ISBN 0-8038-2007-0
  5. ^ a b c d Minor and Japanese leagues statistics. Baseball Reference.
  6. ^ 1954 Japan Pacific League batting leaders. Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Fitts, Robert K. Remembering Japanese baseball: an oral history of the game (University of Nebraska Press, 2008), p. 172
  8. ^ Gutiérrez, Daniel; Alvarez, Efraim; Gutiérrez (h), Daniel (2006). La Enciclopedia del Béisbol en Venezuela. LVBP, Caracas. ISBN 980-6996-02-X

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