Ray Rippelmeyer

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Ray Rippelmeyer
Ray Rippelmeyer 1960.jpg
Born: (1933-07-09)July 9, 1933
Valmeyer, Illinois
Died: September 9, 2022(2022-09-09) (aged 89)
Waterloo, Illinois
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 14, 1962, for the Washington Senators
Last MLB appearance
July 1, 1962, for the Washington Senators
MLB statistics
Win–loss record1–2
Earned run average5.49
Innings pitched3913
As player
As coach

Raymond Roy Rippelmeyer (July 9, 1933 – September 9, 2022) was an American professional baseball player and pitching coach. During his 12-season active career, he was a right-handed pitcher who spent part of one year in Major League Baseball as a member of the 1962 Washington Senators. He coached for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1970 to 1978.

Playing career[edit]

Rippelmeyer was born on July 9, 1933 and grew up on a family farm near Valmeyer, Illinois.[1] He attended Valmeyer High School, and played on the baseball and basketball teams. He graduated in 1951.[2] He played college baseball and college basketball for the Southern Illinois Salukis. In 1953, his basketball teammates named him their most valuable player.[3]

Ripplemeyer signed with the Milwaukee Braves in 1954. No longer eligible to play basketball in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, he transferred to Southeast Missouri State University to play for the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. He spent eight full seasons in the minor leagues, in the farm systems of the Braves and Cincinnati Reds.[2]

The Washington Senators selected Ripplemeyer in the Rule 5 draft on November 27, 1961.[4] He made the 1962 Senators Opening Day roster. He appeared in 18 games, 17 of them in relief.[2] Rippelmeyer won a major league game on June 1, 1962, against the Minnesota Twins, pitching two hitless innings and striking out one as Washington won in extra innings 4–3 on a home run by Chuck Hinton.[5] One month later, on July 1, Rippelmeyer made his only start against the same team, but he lasted only 3+23 innings, surrendered two two-run homers (to Lenny Green and Bernie Allen), and left the game trailing, 4–0. The Senators eventually fell, 9–0.[6] It was his last major league appearance; he had a 1–2 win–loss record and a 5.73 earned run average with 17 strikeouts and 17 walks allowed.[2]

Ten days later, the Senators returned Rippelmeyer to the Cincinnati organization. He was sold to the San Diego Padres of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, and pitched for them into middle of the 1965 season, when he retired.[2][7]

Coaching career[edit]

Ripplemeyer was hired as the manage the Short Season Class A Aberdeen Pheasants in the Baltimore Orioles' system in June 1965.[7] He became a pitching coach in 1966 with the Triple-A Padres.[2][8]

Ripplemeyer became the pitching coach of the Philadelphia Phillies in 1970. After the 1972 season, Rippelmeyer was one of five finalists for their managerial position.[9] Rippelmeyer coached for three National League East Division champions (1976–1978). He was a minor league pitching instructor in the Phillies farm system both before and after his assignment with the big-league staff.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Rippelmeyer and his wife, Glenda Faye (née Jones), married in 1955 and had four children. She died in 2015.[2] He died on September 9, 2022, at the age of 89.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Raymond R. 'Bud' Rippelmeyer | Obituary". Republic-Times | News. September 10, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Ray Rippelmeyer – Society for American Baseball Research".
  3. ^ "Ray Ripplemeyer Most Valuable at Southern U". The Belleville News-Democrat. March 2, 1953. p. 8.
  4. ^ "28 Nov 1961, Page 33 - The Indianapolis Star at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "2 Jun 1962, 11 – Chattanooga Daily Times at". Newspapers.com. June 2, 1962. Retrieved September 10, 2022.
  6. ^ "2 Jul 1962, 37 – The Daily Oklahoman at". Newspapers.com. July 2, 1962. Retrieved September 10, 2022.
  7. ^ a b "18 Jun 1965, 12 – Sioux City Journal at". Newspapers.com. June 18, 1965. Retrieved September 10, 2022.
  8. ^ "2 Apr 1966, 12 – Evansville Courier and Press at". Newspapers.com. April 2, 1966. Retrieved September 10, 2022.
  9. ^ "18 Oct 1972, Page 58 - Philadelphia Daily News at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com.

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Sporting positions
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