Friday, March 11, 2016

Johnny Gee

John Alexander Gee, Jr.

December 7, 1915
Syracuse, NY

January 23, 1988
Cortland, NY

1930-31 Central High School - Syracuse (High School)
1931-32 Central High School - Syracuse (High School)
1932-33 Central High School - Syracuse (High School)
1934-35 University of Michigan (College)
1935-36 University of Michigan (College)
1936-37 University of Michigan (College)
1938-39 Binghamton (NYPA)
1945-46 Syracuse All-Stars (Independent)
1946-47 Syracuse Nationals (NBL)
1947-48 Oneida Indians (Independent)
1949-50 Oneida Indians (Independent)

Born in Syracuse to John and Ann Gee. He was a skilled baseball and basketball player in high school and college, and at 6'9, he was the tallest man to play major league baseball until Randy Johnson debuted with the Seattle Mariners. After graduating, he played minor league baseball in his hometown Syracuse before being purchased by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1939. He wound up playing sparingly over 6 seasons in the Major Leagues, and finally embraced a career as a teacher and educator over baseball. He played professional basketball with Syracuse, but his job as a teacher prevented him from playing on the road.

He remained in upstate New York as a teacher, administrator and coach, dying in 1988.

He married Suzanne Corl on August 29, 1942, and they had two sons and three daughters.


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