Some of the Top Cards of 1976

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

1976 Topps #507 - Ray Bare

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  • Ray Bare pitched in the  majors from 1972-1977. Ray was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1969. He pitched in the minors from 1969-1972 before being called up by the Cardinals in 1972. Ray was 0-1 with one save and a 0.54 ERA in 14 games for the Cards in '72.
  • Bare was in AAA Tulsa for the entire 1973 season and most of the 1974 season. He was 12-4 with a 2.34 ERA for Tulsa in 1974 before being recalled. Ray went 1-2 with a 5.92 ERA in ten games (three starts) for the Cardinals in 1974. During spring training in 1975 Bare was placed on waivers and selected by the Detroit Tigers.
  • Ray became a starting pitcher for the Tigers in 1975 and was 8-13 with a 3.81 ERA in 29 games (21 starts). In 1976 Bare was 7-8 with a 4.63 ERA in 30 games (21 starts).
  • Bare struggled in 1977. He was 0-2 with a 12.56 ERA in five games (four starts) before being sent to AAA Evansville. Ray pitched for Baltimore's AAA Rochester club in 1978 before calling it quits.
  • Ray died of leukemia in his hometown of Miami, Florida in 1994 at the age of 44.

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