Place of Birth:
December 19, 1924
Died: August 13, 1997 Baltimore, Maryland
Military Unit: 65th Reconnaissance Troop (Mechanized), 65th Infantry Division US Army
Area Served: European Theater of Operations
E Barney was born on December 19, 1924 in
The 18-year-old right-hander joined the Durham
Bulls in the Piedmont League where he was 4-6 with an earned run
average of 3.00. Later in the season, he was promoted to
Nevertheless, military service would delay his
advance. He enlisted in September 1943 and served with the Army at
In September 1944, Barney played in the annual semi-pro tournament with the Wichita Coleman Lamp Rangers and was chosen as an All-American. Ray Dumont - National Baseball Congress President – named Barney as the greatest prospect either in or out of the majors.
With the war over in
Barney was back with the Dodgers in 1946. After two seasons where he struggled with wildness and injuries, his 1948 campaign was a glimpse at was had been predicted for him by so many. Barney went 15-13 with a 3.10 ERA. He hurled four shutouts and 12 complete games. September 9 was the crowing point of that season with a no-hitter against the New York Giants. He threw 75 strikes among his 116 pitches as he held the Dodgers’ cross-town rivals hitless in a 2-0 victory on a rainy night at the Polo Grounds. He walked two and struck out four, and he had even the Giants' fans cheering.
later, Barney broke a leg in two places sliding into second base.
The injury healed, but his pitching rhythm was never the same. He
pitched his last game in the major leagues in September 1950, at the
age of just 25. Following two seasons in the minors with
In 1964, Barney joined the Baltimore Orioles’ organization and later became the team’s much-loved public address announcer. It was a position he held for 25 years until his death on August 13, 1997. Rex Barney was 72 years old.
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