IN MEMORY OF
Walter "Ray" Lindsey
Born in Sevierville Tennessee December 5,
Died in Catawba County, NC, March 29, 1979
Buried in Eastview Cemetery, Newton, N.C.
Upon hearing they were about to play baseball in Newton in a newly constructed stadium built by the Works Progress Administration (WPA-CCC). Ray left Drexel, N.C. to tryout for the team. While the team was being formed he lived at the home of Ray Pitts. On the way to town one day, he observed a young, pretty Mary Cline, hanging out clothes. He stopped and they met and after a short courtship, they married. During the war years of WWII, Lindsey served as an Electrical Specialist with the 404th Fighter Group and was a driver for a forward air support unit of the Ninth Air Force in Europe. His wife, Mary, still resides on Brady Avenue in Newton, NC.
PITCHING RECORD FOR WALTER "RAY" LINDSEY
Dominated the league 1948, 21-9, 255 K
Retired from WCL 154-98, walked 490, 1904K, ERA 2.97
LIFETIME AVG; 246-109, 2966K ERA 2.30
Ray spent 12 years in Baseball, four of them with the Twins.
At a Twins game vs. Marion one night, Wes Farrell, (YES, the Hall of Fame pitcher) was the visiting pitcher. He and Ray were good friends. Wes asked Ray, "What's the best way to pitch to these guys?" Ray replied, "A little high, about eye level!" With Wes on the mound for Marion, he did just what Ray said.
THE FIRST FOUR BATTERS FOR THE TWINS HIT HOMERS !!!
FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME.
DON BARKER © 2003