July 24, 1923 - At St. Louis‚ the Cleveland Indians' Jim Joe Edwards and the St. Louis Browns' Ray Kolp battled 13 innings, with Kolp facing 52 batters retiring 19 straight. Charlie Jamieson's lead-off homerun at the top of the 13th off Kolp was the difference in a 3-2 Cleveland win. Ray Kolp could have helped his own cause in the 11th, but struck out with the bases loaded.
August 5, 1923 - Against the Browns' pitcher Ray Kolp‚ Babe Ruth hit his 26th and 27th homeruns of the year. Game was in New York, first and sixth innings, 223th and 224th homers of Babe's career.
June 1, 1928 - The Ray Kolp Home Run ... Hornsby makes his first appearance in Boston as the Braves manager‚ but the Reds spoil the homecoming‚ winning 7-6. The Reds tie it in the 9th with solo homers by the finishing battery-Val Picinich and Ray Kolp. The Reds' Hughie Critz then homers in the 10th for the win. This was one of Ray's two career homeruns.
Beyond this website, the best source of information about Ray Kolp is the well-written, detailed biography of Ray Kolp by Chris Rainey at the SABR Baseball Biography Project. The prolific Chris Rainey's contributions to baseball history at the biography site are always accurate and delightful to read. Another useful source is the Ray Kolp Article on Wikipedia.
The pass at 4.25 by 2.75 inches is larger than a credit card, it weighs 2.9 ounces, and it shows "Lambert Bros Jeweler N. Y." in small letters in the middle lower back. Sincere thanks for the above picture goes to a 1960s Ray Kolp friend living near Cincinnati, Ohio.
Even though his playing career ended 16 years after Ray Kolp's, Joe DiMaggio's lifetime pass looks the same:
And here is Ted Williams' lifetime pass from about 1950, looking much the same:
This is a Ray Kolp autograph on his own picture from Who's Who in Major League Baseball 1933.
An image of the whole Ray Kolp page (page number 251 shows on bottom) with autograph is this:
Ray Kolp's uniform number for the Cincinnati Reds in 1932 and 1933 was 15, and in 1934 it was 21.
Click here to go to a link with a full set of his major league stats.
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