06 July 2014

ray hayworth double dipped

ray hayworth broke into the major leagues with the 1926 detroit tigers, the last tiger team to include ty cobb, who moved on to the philadelphia a's for the 1927 and 1928 seasons.  this post isn't about the georgia peach, however; it's about hayworth and his dodger double dipping ways.

[this is the seventyfifth installment in the double dippers posts.  here are the previous posts - brett butler, omar daaleric young, nick willhitechris gwynn, mickey hatcherdave anderson, don zimmerrafael landestoy, dave hansen, jose vizcaino, hideo nomo, greg maddux, mike madduxjon garland, chan ho parkvicente romogene mauch, denny lewallyn, von joshua, joe moellerdioner navarro, rudy seanez, bart shirleyrandy wolf, ismael valdes, bobby castillo, mike devereaux, pete richert, jay johnstone, jesse orosco, lee lacy, giovanni carrara, jeff weaverted sizemore,  orel hershisertom goodwinjoe fergusoneddie murraymatt lukeken mcmullen, tim wallach, jerry grotedon suttonralph branca, todd hundley, elmer dessensguillermo motajoe beckwithjamie hoffmannbabe hermanjoe medwickjuan castroron perranoskiclyde kingpaul wanerhughie jenningsron negray, broadway aleck smithgeorge smith, johnny cooney, jim faireyfrenchy bordagaraydoc casey, waite hoytluis olmoclyde sukeforthwillie keeler,  harry howellgermany smithjohnny allenmarv rackleybobo newsommaury wills, and dazzy vance.]

here's the lone card i have of hayworth in a dodger uniform (or any uniform, for that matter) - his card from the 1990 target dodger stadium giveaway set
following his 1926 debut, hayworth returned to the mnors until 1929 when he rejoined the tigers for the next several seasons, including the 1934 and 1935 world series teams (hayworth appeared in the '34 fall classic which the tigers lost, but did not appear the following year when they won).  he put together some solid seasons both as a starter and a backup, but was eventually put on waivers during the 1938 season.  that's when the dodgers came in.

hayworth joined the dodgers for the last couple of weeks of the 1938 season.  he appeared in five games going 0 for 4 with a walk at the plate.  in 1939, he appeared in 21 games for the dodgers, hitting .154, before being sent to the new york giants late in the season.  following his release from the giants after the 1940 season, hayworth played in the cubs' system and then resurfaced in the majors with the browns in 1942.  he was released early in the season, signed with the cardinals but was released again - this time before he could get back to the majors.

the dodgers actually signed and released hayworth in the 1943 season (thanks baseball reference) before giving him another shot with the club for the 1944 and 1945 seasons, the latter of which he spent primarily as a coach.  in those two years combined, hayworth was 0 for 12 with 3 walks in 9 games.  still, he had fulfilled his role as a dodger double dipper!

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