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Raymond Lee Cunningham
Born: Jan. 17, 1905 in Mesquite, Texas
Died: July 30, 2005 in Pearland, Texas
Debut: 1931 | Pos: 3B
H: 5’7.5″ | W: 150 | B: R | T: R

2 14 26 4 4 0 1 0 .154

>> Visit the Ray Cunningham biography on Baseball Almanac for complete statistics.

Ray Cunningham appeared in 14 games in parts of two major league seasons. In his career, he hit .154 in 26 at-bats, driving in a run.

At the time of his death, on July 30, 2005, Cunningham was baseball’s oldest living player.  He was 100 years old.

According to his obituary in the Houston Chronicle, Cunningham signed with the Cardinals in 1926.  In his brief stay in the major leagues, he was a roommate of Dizzy Dean and Pepper Martin in spring training.

Cunningham made his major league debut on Sept. 16, 1931 with the St. Louis Cardinals. He appeared in three games that season and was hitless in 4 at-bats while driving in a run.

In 1932, he played in 11 games for the Cardinals, hitting .182 in 22 at-bats.

According to his obituary, his major league career ended when he was injured while fielding a baseball.

In 1992, he threw out a first pitch at an Astros’ game at the Astrodome and in 2002, he threw out a first pitch at a Houston game at Minute Maid Park.

In Jan. 2004, he became major league baseball’s oldest living player following the death of Paul Hopkins.