Has Richmond forgotten one of its greatest professional athletes?

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RICHMOND, Va. - As city leaders debate where the hometown baseball team will play in the 21st century, we turn back the hands of time to remember a Richmond man considered one of the greatest baseball players ever to play the game, but he has been largely forgotten.


Raymond Emmitt Dandridge was born in Church Hill in 1913.

He began playing baseball in cornfields in the east end of the city. He excelled, but played baseball during a time when the game was segregated.

Ray Dandridge played in the Negro Leagues for teams like the Newark Eagles and New York Cubans, but Major League Baseball was out of the question. Unfortunately, after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier,  Dandridge was considered too old to play in the major leagues and never had his time in the spotlight.



Baseball experts considered the late-Dandridge one of the best third basemen to ever play the game. Dandridge was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1987 and is the only Richmonder in the Hall.

Dandridge passed away in 1994, but don't bother looking for a historical marker dedicated to him in Richmond. There is not one in this City of Monuments.

Greg McQuade traveled to Cooperstown, New York and visited Dandridge's family in New Jersey to bring you the story of this forgotten baseball star.


  • isso

    Every day, every time, all the time it is the Job of Media to pronounce that bias is actually PC;
    just solely based on the volume of repetitious publications of it efforts.

      • isso

        No. NOT PC. What did MLK say? What do Civil Right Laws Say? They were legislated during
        LBJ’s Democratic Administration. Today: Black caucuses, BET, Black Panthers, NAACP, etc..
        Then there are Hispanics, Latinos, and any and all illegal foreign invaders receiving special exemptions to any and all Laws and enforcement of them. Every day, publication of the Media’s biased is targeted and focused. If Laws are Laws, how is it now PC to ignore them by the Party that established them and call it Correct?

  • John

    Ohhh so let me get this right , YOU remember this guy and how he played ball. Yeah right!!! Blacks all ways pull the race card because that’s all you have left. It’s 2014 not 1960. Go get an education and find a job. Start being a productive member of society.

    • wiseman

      Mm mm ok John let me add your name to the Hall Of Frame Racist list. Do I sense A streak of jealousy??

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