24 Facts About Ray Knight


Charles Ray Knight was born on December 28,1952 and is an American former Major League Baseball infielder best remembered for his time with the Cincinnati Reds and New York Mets.

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Ray Knight was most recently a studio analyst and occasional game analyst for the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network's coverage of the Washington Nationals from 2007 to 2018.

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Ray Knight grew up in Albany, Georgia, and attended Dougherty High School and Albany Junior College.

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Ray Knight made his major league debut with Cincinnati as a September call-up in 1974.

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Ray Knight spent all of 1975 and 1976 with the triple A Indianapolis Indians.

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In 1976, with only one home run coming into the final month of the season, Ray Knight borrowed a bat from Reds star George Foster and hit nine in the remaining games of the year.

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Ray Knight was the first Red to hit two home runs in one inning.

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Ray Knight made his first All-star appearance in 1980, hitting a single off Tommy John in his first at-bat.

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Ray Knight made the All Star team in 1982, and played third base in the game.

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Ray Knight adopted a new batting stance in 1986 and saw immediate results, crushing six home runs and batting.

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Ray Knight took the throw from Mets catcher Gary Carter late, brought his glove to Davis' face and knocked his helmet off.

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Ray Knight then scored the winning run from second after Mookie Wilson's ground ball went through the legs of Bill Buckner, and Ray Knight's celebration as he rounded third to score was one of the indelible images of the series.

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Ray Knight hit the tiebreaking home run in game seven, and was rewarded with the World Series MVP award and the Baseball Writers' Association of America's Babe Ruth Award for the best performance in the World Series.

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Unable to agree on a contract with general manager Frank Cashen for 1987, Ray Knight became the first player to join a new team the season after winning the World Series MVP award, signing with the Baltimore Orioles.

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Ray Knight served primarily as the Tigers' first baseman or designated hitter, though he did see some playing time at third and in the outfield.

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Ray Knight accepted his first coaching job with the Reds in 1993.

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Early in the 1995 season, Reds owner Marge Schott announced that Ray Knight would replace Davey Johnson as manager of the Reds in 1996 regardless of how the Reds did.

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Ray Knight managed the Reds from 1996 to 1997, and served as acting manager for a single game in 2003.

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From 2007 to 2018, Ray Knight was a broadcaster with the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network and co-hosted Nats Xtra, MASN's pregame and postgame show for its Washington Nationals broadcasts.

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Ray Knight married LPGA golfer Nancy Lopez on October 25,1982, in Pelham, Georgia.

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Ray Knight is good friends with former Reds' teammate Harry Spilman, who grew up twenty minutes away from Ray Knight in Georgia.

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Ray Knight is a member of the Golden Gloves boxing association.

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On October 23,2017, Ray Knight was arrested after an altercation at his condo in the Alexandria, Virginia, area with an unidentified 33-year-old man.

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Ray Knight participated in the 2021 ESPN 30 for 30 documentary series about the 1986 New York Mets season, Once Upon a Time in Queens.

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