Born: August 31, 1907 in Kenosha, Wis.
Died: Feb. 1, 2007 in Kenosha, Wis.
Debut: 1934 | Pos: C
H: 5'9" | W: 170 | B: R | T: R
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Ray Berres, a legendary pitching coach with the Chicago White Sox, died on Feb. 1, 2007 in Kenosha, Wis. He was 99. His cause of death was listed as heart failure and pneumonia.
He played in 561 games in the major leagues over the course off 11 seasons. The backup catcher hit .216 in his career with three home runs and 78 RBI.
He made his debut in 1934 with Brooklyn and played his last game in 1945 with the New York Giants.
He joined the Chicago White Sox in 1949 as a pitching coach and stayed with the team until 1966. He rejoined the team in 1968 and 1969 at the request of manager Al Lopez.
According to reports, Berres helped to turn around the careers of a number of pitchers including Virgil Trucks, Gerry Staley, Turk Lown and Don Mossi.
One of the pitchers who benefited from Berres' help was Tommy John. John
was 2-9 with Cleveland as a rookie in 1964. With the White Sox the next
season, John went 14-7 and credited the succcess to Berres and his approach