Primary Position: Shortstop
First, Last Names: Gair Roosevelt
Date of Birth: Oct. 28, 1931 Date and Place of Death: Oct 14, 2016, Tucson, AZ
Burial: Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, TX
High School: Statesville High School
College: Wake Forest University, Wake Forest, NC
Bats: R Throws: R Height and Weight: 6-1, 190
Debut Year: 1954 Final Year: 1954 Years Played: 1
Team and Year: Pittsburgh Pirates, 1954
G AB H R RBI HR BA. OBP. SLG. WAR
121 418 83 38 30 3 ,199 .294 .268 -1.5
Marjorie Allie had seen the name in a movie magazine. She liked it so much that she decided to give it her only son. Her husband, Kermit, apparently didn’t mind.
Gair grew up to be a strapping six-footer by the time he went to high school, lettering in football, baseball and basketball. He may be one of the best athletes to ever play at Statesville High. He was co-captain of the football and basketball teams and made the all-conference and all-state teams. Six colleges offered him football scholarships when he graduated in 1950, but Allie chose Wake Forest College because there he would play baseball.