Raymond “Lee” Cunningham (1905-2005)


Posted Jul 31, 2005


The oldest former major leaguer and Cardinal passed away Saturday at the age of 100.

Word has reached www.thestlcardinals.com that Raymond Lee Cunningham was called up to the "Higher League" on Saturday at age 100 years and 6+ months. Cunningham, who played for the Cardinals in 1931 and 1932, was recognized as the oldest living former major leaguer.

Cunningham was born on January 17, 1905 in Mesquite, TX and he broke into professional baseball with Greenville in 1926. He first played for the Houston Buffs in the Texas League in 1929.

Lee was a wonderful old guy and our living connection to a great era in baseball history. I'm glad that we honored him in 2004 at the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame with a special plaque celebrating his life in baseball.

Those of us who were privileged to meet him will always be grateful that we took the opportunity to spend some time with him in a life that went far into extra innings.

Houston Chronicle story

Obituary

We are proud to have played a role in helping to reconnect “Lee” Cunningham with the baseball community last year. Here are links to stories about the search process and the first meeting.

The Search

The First Meeting

Peace be with you, Lee.



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