Ray Rippelmeyer

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Ray Rippelmeyer
Born: (1933-07-09) July 9, 1933 (age 83)
Valmeyer, Illinois
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 14, 1962, for the Washington Senators
Last MLB appearance
July 1, 1962, for the Washington Senators
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 1–2
Earned run average 5.49
Strikeouts 17
Innings pitched 3913

Raymond Roy Rippelmeyer (born July 9, 1933 in Valmeyer, Illinois) is a retired American professional baseball player and pitching coach. During his 12-season active career, he was a right-handed pitcher who spent part of one year in Major League Baseball as a member of the 1962 Washington Senators. He was listed as 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) tall and 200 pounds (91 kg).

Rippelmeyer attended Southeast Missouri State University and Southern Illinois University and signed with the Milwaukee Braves in 1954. He spent eight full seasons in the minor leagues, toiling in the Braves' and Cincinnati Reds' organizations before his selection by the Senators in the Rule 5 draft on November 27, 1961.

He then spent almost three full months on the Washington roster, working in 18 games, 17 of them in relief. Rippelmeyer won his only Major League game on June 1, 1962, against the Minnesota Twins, hurling two hitless innings and striking out one as Washington won in extra innings 4–3 on a home run by Chuck Hinton.[1] One month later, on July 1, Rippelmeyer made his only start against the same team, but he lasted only 323 innings, surrendered two two-run homers (to Lenny Green and Bernie Allen), and left the game trailing, 4–0. The Senators eventually fell, 9–0.[2] It was his last Major League appearance; ten days later he was returned to the Cincinnati organization. He spent the remainder of his pitching career with the Triple-A San Diego Padres, retiring in the middle of 1965 to manage the Short Season Class A Aberdeen Pheasants in the Baltimore Orioles' system.

During his three-month stint with Washington, Rippelmeyer posted a 1–2 win-loss record, and allowed 47 hits and 17 bases on balls in 3913 innings pitched. He struck out 17. He won 114 games in the minor leagues.

Rippelmeyer began his career as a pitching coach in 1966 with the Triple-A Padres, and spent nine seasons (1970–78) as the mound tutor of the Philadelphia Phillies, working under managers Frank Lucchesi, Paul Owens and Danny Ozark. Rippelmeyer coached for three National League East Division champions (1976–78). He was a minor league pitching instructor in the Phillie farm system both before and after his assignment with the big-league staff.


  1. ^ Retrosheet box score, 1962-06-01
  2. ^ Retrosheet box score, 1962-07-01

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Preceded by
Al Widmar
Philadelphia Phillies pitching coach
Succeeded by
Herm Starrette