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Stan Gray

1971

Stan was born in 1918.  He graduated from Pasadena Junior College in 1939.  Included in his college baseball accolades was the 1938 Conference Champion Baseball Team where he played alongside his teammate, Jackie Robinson. Stan went on to play professionally minor leagues from 1941-1951 as an infielder in the Pacific Coast League which included being a member of the Los Angeles Angels.

     After his professional baseball career Mr. Gray began his career as sports editor and director for various radio stations throughout California and API in San Francisco.   Most noteworthy though was his dedication to youth sports in California.  He introduced Babe Ruth Baseball to Southern California and was the first State Director (1953-1963), first Regional Director (1953-1957), and was eventually responsible for dividing California into the Northern and Southern Sections.  He had 2 leagues in 1952.  By 1958 California had 110 leagues with 740 teams.  This exponential growth is indicative of Stan's success.  Additionally, he originated a successful thirteen year old tournament in 1960, the pioneer of the present day tournament. 

     His commitment was not limited to sports but also academic achievement of the athletes.  Pasadena City College dedicated the Academic Athletic Zone in his honor and academic scholarships founded in his honor.

     Mr. Gray was inducted into the Babe Ruth Hall of Fame in 1971.

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