Ron NegrayOne of the finest righthanders to come out of the area after pitching outstanding legion ball, Ron lost only two games in the four years he lettered at Garfield High and twice his teams went to the State finals. In 1948 Ron pitched for the Akron Orphans. In 1949 he was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers and was sent to Valdosta, Georgia in the Georgia-Florida League, where he compiled a 21 & 6 season, with 243 strikeouts and an ERA of less than 3.0. His pro career began in earnest when he pitched for teams in both the Eastern and Western Leagues in 1950. Moving to St. Paul in the (American Assoc.) in 1952 where he was 11 & 7, striking out 102 in 108 innings. The highlights of baseball in the pro ranks came for Ron when he was with the big clubs--the 1952 National League Pennant-winning Brooklyn Dodgers who lost to the New York Yankees in the World Series. He was with the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1952-54, Philadelphia Phillies in 1955-56, and the L.A. Dodgers in 1957-58. Ron saw a lot of action in the International League with Montreal in 1959, Toronto in 1960-62 and finished up with Hawaii in 1963 before retiring from baseball. Ron was a 1972 Summit County Sports Hall of Fame inductee.