Raymond Otis Boone
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Ray Boone, who spent 13 seasons in the major leagues, died on Oct. 17, 2004 in San Diego, Calif., after battling an illness. He was 81.
According to reports, his wife, Pat, said Ray Boone had been hospitalized for six months following complications from surgery.
"It's a blessing," she was quoted as saying in wire reports. "He had a great life."
Boone was the patriarch of a three-generation family of major leaguers. His son, Bob, and his two grandsons, Bret and Aaron, have played in the major leagues.
In his 13-year career, Boone hit .275 with 151 home runs and 737 RBI. He was an All-Star in 1954 and 1956.
In 1953, Cleveland sent Boone, along with Al Aber, Steve Gromek and Dick Weik to the Detroit Tigers for Art Houtteman, Owen Friend, Bill Wight and Joe Ginsberg. His combined statistics between Cleveland and Detroit were a .296 average with 26 home runs and 114 RBI.
In 1955, he led the American League with 116 RBI. He hit .284 that season with 20 home runs.