Raymond Emmitt Dandridge (August 31, 1913 February 12, 1994) was an American third baseman in baseball's Negro leagues. He was born in Richmond, Virginia. Dandridge was one of the greatest fielders in the history of baseball, and one of the sport's greatest hitters for average, but unfortunately his name is not familiar to the casual baseball fan. Moreover, because of the 'gentlemen's agreement' not to allow African Americans in Major League Baseball, Dandridge was dismissed as being too old by the time of integration. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1987. Dandridge was discovered by Detroit Stars manager Candy Jim Taylor in 1933 while playing for a local Richmond team. He played for the Stars in 1933 and for the Newark Dodgers, which were later called the Newark Eagles, from 1934 to 1938. While with the Eagles, Dandridge was part of the 'Million Dollar Infield,' consisting of Dandridge, Dick Seay, Mule Settles, and Willie Wells.
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