RHP 1910-17, 19-20 Yankees , Reds
Fisher was a competent, consistent pitcher for the Yankees before the Babe Ruth era.
The poised, studious righthander is best remembered as a college coach at Michigan
University, and for the circumstances under which he left organized baseball. Fisher
coached baseball (and, at first, freshman football, and young Gerald R. Ford) for
38 years, winning nine Big Ten championships.
He became the victim of the petulance
and pettiness of Cincinnati owner Garry Herrman, and Commissioner Landis, often a
capricious tyrant. Fisher, whose salary disputes had made him a target of the owners,
asked to be released by the Reds so he could accept an offer from Michigan. Instead,
he was blacklisted, dumped into the same group of suspended players as the Black
Sox. Fisher was not accepted back into pro ball until late in life, becoming a spring
training pitching instructor for the Braves in 1960, and the Tigers for 1963-65.
|FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY|
|» June 18, 1917:
At the Polo Grounds, Yankee pitcher Ray Fisher walks Burt Shotton, the Browns leadoff batter, who comes around to score the game's only run. It's Fisher's only walk, but he loses to Bob Groom, who tosses a six-hitter.
» October 3, 1919:
Back in Chicago, 5 foot 7 inch rookie lefty Dickie
Kerr pitches a 3-hitter, as Chicago wins 3-0.
Joe Jackson is 2-for-3 and Gandil drives in 2 runs.
Ray Fisher takes the loss. Cuban Adolfo Luque becomes
the first Latin American ML player to appear
in a WS game, pitching one inning of relief for the
Reds in game 3 at Comiskey Park.
» December 17, 1920: The American League votes to allow pitchers who used the spitball in 1920 to continue using it as long as they are in the league. The National League will do the same. There will be 17 designated spitters in all, eight in the NL and nine in the AL. For the NL: Bill Doak, Phil Douglas, Dana Fillingim, Ray Fisher, Marvin Goodwin, Burleigh Grimes, Clarence Mitchell, and Dick Rudolph. For the AL: A.W. Ayers, Slim Caldwell, Stan Coveleski, Red Faber, H.B. Leonard, Jack Quinn, Allan Russell, Urban Shocker, and Allen Sothoron.
» June 14, 1921: NL P Ray Fisher is placed permanently on the ineligible list by Commissioner Landis for alleged contract jumping. Fisher had left the Reds, thinking he was being placed on the voluntary retired list, in order to become a baseball coach at the University of Michigan. He will serve there for 38 years.