Born: June 10, 1886
St. Thomas, Ontario
Died: April 20, 1978
|April 30, 1908, for the Cleveland Naps|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 28, 1922, for the Cleveland Indians|
|Runs batted in||420|
|Career highlights and awards|
Following his playing days, Graney became a baseball radio broadcaster, providing play-by-play, for the Indians in 1932–53.
Graney was inducted into the Cleveland Indians Distinguished Hall of Fame for non-uniformed personnel, with his induction taking place on Saturday, August 11, 2012 prior to a game at Progressive Field.
- Playing career 1
- Broadcasting 2
- Legacy 3
- See also 4
- References 5
- External links 6
On Monday, June 26, 1916, the Cleveland Indians used numbers on their uniforms on an experimental basis in a home game against the White Sox. The numbers, which were worn on the players' uniform sleeves, corresponded with information in the scorecards.
Jack Graney was the first player in Major League Baseball history to appear in a regular season game with a number on his uniform and, two seasons previously, was the first batter to ever face Babe Ruth in a Major League Baseball game on Saturday, July 11, 1914.
After retiring from playing, Graney became a play-by-play broadcaster for the team, thus being the first former Major League Baseball player to become a radio broadcaster in the United States.
He died at age 91 in Louisiana, Missouri on Thursday, April 20, 1978.
He was later inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984, its second year of operation.
In 1987 the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame instituted an award in the name of Jack Graney, presented periodically to journalists deemed to have made notable contributions to promoting baseball within Canada in their lifetime.
- List of Major League Baseball players from Canada
- List of Major League Baseball annual doubles leaders
- List of Major League Baseball players who spent their entire career with one franchise
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)