August 5, 1924|
|Died: July 16, 1987
Redondo Beach, California
|April 29, 1949, for the Chicago Cubs|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 3, 1949, for the Chicago Cubs|
|Runs batted in||6|
Ralph Joseph "Rube" Novotney (August 5, 1924 – July 16, 1987) was an American professional baseball player, a catcher who appeared in 22 Major League games for the 1949 Chicago Cubs. The native of Streator, Illinois, stood 6 feet (1.8 m) tall and weighed 187 pounds (85 kg) and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.
Novotney's partial season with the 1949 Cubs included two standout back-to-back games against the New York Giants at Wrigley Field. On June 25, Novotney singled twice in three at bats, driving in three runs and providing the margin in a 4–1 Cub victory. The following day, he was a perfect three-for-three off the Giants' Dave Koslo, but New York prevailed, 6–2.
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