James Francis Ray (December 1, 1944 – May 26, 2005) was an American right-handed professional baseball pitcher in the Major Leagues from 1965–1966 and 1968–1974 for the Houston Astros and Detroit Tigers.
The 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m), 185 lb (84 kg) Ray was known as a hard thrower with a stellar fastball and earned the nickname "Ray Gun" during the 1969 season when he struck out 115 batters in 115 innings. Two years later, he appeared in 47 games played for the 1971 Astros, all but one in relief, and won ten of 14 decisions with a 2.12 earned run average.
Ray appeared in 308 Major League games, all but 20 in relief, and notched 25 saves.
Ray died in May 2005 in Margate, Florida.
By Dean Hanley
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