Jack Graney

Jack Graney
Born: June 10, 1886
St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada
Died: April 20, 1978(1978-04-20) (aged 91)
Louisiana, Missouri
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 30, 1908, for the Cleveland Naps
Last MLB appearance
June 28, 1922, for the Cleveland Indians
MLB statistics
Batting average .250
Hits 1,178
Home runs 18
Runs batted in 420
Career highlights and awards

John Gladstone Graney (June 10, 1886 – April 20, 1978) was a Canadian left fielder in Major League Baseball who played his entire career with the Cleveland Indians.

Following his playing days, Graney became a baseball radio broadcaster, providing play-by-play, for the Indians in 1932–53.

Graney was inducted into the Cleveland Indians Distinguished Hall of Fame for non-uniformed personnel on August 11, 2012, prior to a game at Progressive Field.

Playing career

On June 26, 1916, the Cleveland Indians used numbers on their uniforms on an experimental basis in a home game against the White Sox. The numbers, which were worn on the players' uniform sleeves, corresponded with information in the scorecards.

Jack Graney was the first player in Major League Baseball history to appear in a regular season game with a number on his uniform and, two seasons before, was the first batter to face Babe Ruth in a Major League Baseball game on Saturday, July 11, 1914.


After retiring from playing, Graney became a play-by-play broadcaster for the team, thus being the first former Major League Baseball player to become a radio broadcaster in the United States.

He died at age 91 in Louisiana, Missouri on Thursday, April 20, 1978.[1]

He was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984, its second year of operation.


In 1987 the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame instituted an award in the name of Jack Graney, presented periodically to journalists deemed to have made notable contributions to promoting baseball within Canada in their lifetime.

See also


  1. "Jack Graney". The Blade. Toledo, Ohio. April 21, 1978. p. 9.

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