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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The dream that could have been

Hank Steinbrenner was the oldest son of Yankees’ principal owner George Steinbrenner. Hank was truly the Yankee that most people didn’t get to know. He was essentially a very quiet humble man. However, if he really knew you he could let his hair down. He didn’t have a lot of …

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Randolph reminds me that I was wearing the same uniform as ROBERTO CLEMENTE

Wearing a Yankee uniform is truly one of the greatest honors that anyone can ever have. I got to wear one as the Yanks batboy. Because of the incredible relationship that I had with that crew of players in the 70s made it that much more special. The Thurman Munson’s …

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Becoming an Aaron Judge takes help of many

To become a successful Major League Baseball star or in the case of Aaron Judge a megastar, you have to have the support of many. Your parents are vital because they are the core support from day one. As you grow up you have your little league coach, your school …

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Gio Urshela… like Ruth & Gehrig a true friend of the kids. Welcome back

Gio Urshela was back in New York for the first time since being traded. Gio said that he could not believe all the love and attention from the fans. He didn’t realize how much the people cared about him. He never dreamed that they missed him almost as much as …

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Gio plays on and off field like Thurman Munson

Gio Urshela has been one of Major League baseball’s shining bright lights. He came to New York four years ago as a utility player and became one of the reasons why the Yankees would have success. He did things that the Yanks brass had no idea he could do. He …

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One on One with Robby Benson

Throughout the years there are certain people that just make you go to the next level in life. Especially when you’re a kid looking for direction. For me and a lot of my friends, we looked for that kind of encouragement from artists in the sports entertainment and film world. …

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Yanks batboy Herbst fought like Gehrig

In 1979 George Steinbrenner Was sitting at LA-CLUB a then extremely popular restaurant and noticed a busboy getting screamed at by the maitre’d. It upset the Boss to the point where he, of all people, told the maitre’d to stop yelling at the kid. At the end of the night, …

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August 2nd we remember Munson in our hearts and on Stage

August 2nd will always be a very difficult day for me. It’s the day that the great Yankee catcher, leader, and my friend, Thurman Munson died in an airplane crash in 1979. If you knew Thurman I can guarantee you that you would have loved him. He was a very …

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All-Star Special… TucciBat support Munson kids. Wellwood Memorials remembers Babe & Lou’s Batboy

While everyone in the baseball world is thinking about the all-star game, I am thinking about different areas of the game. For one, I need to thank Peter Tucci and the Tucci Bat company. Tucci very generously has helped support the Thurman Munson baseball team, called The Thurman Munson Disciples, …

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David Cone day in Yankee lore. Squeegee the batboy helps

One of the hardest things to do in sports is to throw a no-hitter. To take it a step further, to throw a perfect game, especially at Yankee Stadium, is almost supernatural. On this day (July 18, 1999) David Cone achieved this incredible feat. What made it even more incredible …

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On hope week I remember the hope the Boss gave me

My motherJenny and I lived at Westchester Ave and 161 St in the Bronx.  At that time it was a very dangerous neighborhood because of the constant gang violence and territorial fights. When my mom married a young grocery worker named Cirillo, he took me on as his own …

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A Park named Thurman Munson

For the last 15 years, Professor Bill OConnell from Suffolk Community College has basically been monitoring my life and has done extensive research for a documentary about where I came from in the Bronx and what led to my life in the baseball and Yankee universe. The fact that next …

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