Ray Negron

Ray Negron

Ray’s amazing journey began decades ago when at 16-years of age, he was caught spraying graffiti on a wall at Yankee Stadium by NY Yankees owner, George Steinbrenner. As fate would have it, Steinbrenner decided against putting Ray in jail and instead, offered him a second chance making him the batboy for the greatest franchise in sports history. Ray was propelled into a dream job sharing the dugout with the “Bronx Zoo” team of the seventies. He became a positive influence in the fiery clubhouse that included Manager Billy Martin, superstar Reggie Jackson and the legendary Thurman Munson. And for the next 35 years, Steinbrenner and Ray built a special relationship until Steinbrenner’s passing in 2010.

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Munson Disciples Kickoff ACBL

The Munson Disciples aka Collegians are kicking off the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League today.
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The word Legend is used so loosely today that it’s ridiculous. Legend is a very powerful word. It’s a word that means you have reached the highest level of your field and now you turn around and help those that inspire to be like you and join you on the top of the mountain.

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Fordham, Suffolk and Columbia University Visits

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