Ray Daviault

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Ray Daviault
Born: (1934-05-27) May 27, 1934 (age 85)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 13, 1962, for the New York Mets
Last MLB appearance
September 30, 1962, for the New York Mets
MLB statistics
Win–loss record1–5
Earned run average6.22

Raymond Joseph Robert Daviault (born May 27, 1934) is a retired Canadian professional baseball player. The right-handed pitcher, a native of Montreal, Quebec, had an 11-season (1953–1963) professional career, but spent only part of one season in the Major Leagues, appearing in 36 games (all but three in relief) for the 1962 New York Mets, the first season in that expansion team's history. He stood 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall and weighed 175 pounds (79 kg).

Daviault had been selected by the Mets with the 18th pick in the 1961 Major League Baseball expansion draft, even though he had yet to pitch a single inning in the Majors. In 1961, his ninth season in the minors, he had appeared in 58 games and 105 innings pitched for the Triple-A Tacoma Giants, fashioning a 10–9 record and an earned run average of 3.17.[1]

In 1962, he broke spring training camp on the Mets' inaugural roster, and made his MLB debut on April 13 at the Polo Grounds against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Entering the game in the eighth inning with the Mets down, 3–2, he walked Dick Groat, threw a wild pitch, retired Bob Skinner on a ground ball (with Groat advancing to third base), then uncorked a second wild pitch to score Groat and increase the Pirate lead to 4–2. He also walked three batters in the ninth inning but allowed no further scoring as Pittsburgh ended up winning, 4–3.[2]

He earned his only MLB victory on July 7 against the St. Louis Cardinals, also at the Polo Grounds. He came into a 3–3 tie in the eighth inning, and immediately dodged a bullet when Cardinal baserunner Dal Maxvill failed to touch third base and was called out to kill a St. Louis rally. Then, in the ninth, Daviault surrendered a go-ahead home run to the Cardinals' Curt Flood. But, in the bottom of the inning, the Mets' Marv Throneberry hit a two-run, walk-off home run off Ernie Broglio to give New York and Daviault a come-from-behind, 5–4 win.[3]

That 1962 Mets team had a record of 40–120, still the record for most losses by a Major League Baseball team in a single season.

In 36 MLB games and 81 innings pitched, Daviault allowed 92 hits and 48 walks; he struck out 51.

Widower of Lisette Lesperance, he is father of three kids and grandfather of six little children.


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