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Oct. 11
Men's 70
3233 posts
Ray Ray has passed
Another friend is gone.
Ray (Ray Ray) Wimbrough passed away this week. He had been battling health issues for a few years.
He played for several great teams in ths NE, Superior most recently.
I'll miss him.
Oct. 11
mad dog
Men's 65
4191 posts
Ray Ray has passed
sorry to hear this bruce.....he was a great guy.......
Oct. 11
Men's 70
1250 posts
Ray Ray has passed
Great ballplayer and true gentleman.
Oct. 11
Men's 70
907 posts
Ray Ray has passed
The softball community is a sadder place today...RayRay is sorely missed.
Oct. 14
Men's 50
33 posts
Ray Ray has passed
Very sorry to hear of Ray Ray's passing. He was a great competitor, and an even better friend and gentleman. I appreciated the talks we would have, not only about softball, but any topic that would happen to come up during conversation...he will be greatly missed.

Our condolences to his family, and all of his softball family, may he rest in peace.

Michael Boone
and The Sweet Construction Softball teams.
Oct. 14
Men's 60
249 posts
Ray Ray has passed
Ray Ray was an awesome player and pitcher for Turn Two and Superior. He was fun to play against as he and Billy would sometimes switch out after every batter. Well spoken and kind to everyone and always had a smile (probably because he usually kicked our butts!). He will sorely be missed. Rejoice in everyday the good Lord gives you on this planet because we are but sand passing through the hourglass!
Oct. 15
Hitman 34

8 posts
Ray Ray has passed
I’ll miss Ray Ray a lot. We played against each other for years and I appreciated him as a competitor, but over the last few years we became good friends. We had a common bond and were able to pump each other up. RIP my friend.
Jeff Hitt
And the entire New Jersey Hitmen Softball Team
Oct. 16
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
1438 posts
Ray Ray has passed
Bruce, thank you for sharing this. My condolences to his family, friends, teammates, and softball framily. That is the only bad thing about Senior Softball is that our circle continues to get smaller. Just imagine the tournaments going on in Heaven though. I am glad that I got to see you this year again. Let's hope that we both have many more years with this life and game.
Oct. 17
Men's 70
2416 posts
Ray Ray has passed
We have all lost a friend. He was a tremendous competitor.
Oct. 17
Men's 60
174 posts
Ray Ray has passed
I was fortunate to get one last chance to work with Ray Ray at the Suncoast Hitting Camp held in Florida in March. He was doing well and hitting well, great spirits, and a wonderful attitude (as always!)
Fighter and competitive player that exceeded all expectations time after time!
You will be missed, Big Guy!
Oct. 19
Men's 70
803 posts
Ray Ray has passed
The Northern Va. Force teams would like to send our condolences to Ray Ray's family friends and teammates. He will be missed in the softball community. Thanks Harry #20 NVFORCE
Oct. 20
Men's 75
92 posts
Ray Ray has passed
We all lose something when a fellow player passes away, and although I did not know Ray very well, I had the very rewarding and distinct pleasure to play against him and his legendary teams (Turn Two, Superior, Hamel) many times over the past ten years. My recollections of Ray are all positive as others have stated. He was warm, talented, and humble about his success, which is and always will be such an attractive quality to me.

Ray's teams during the period of 2008-2017 were simply the best collection of players anywhere in the nation. Nowhere was there a group of guys as committed to each other and to winning than those Turn Two teams. From the first pitch to the last you knew you had better bring everything you have if you hoped to win...and rare wins against that bunch alone were enough to make a season a success.

I remember so many epic battles with Ray and his mates, but one stands out. A doubleheader at the LVSSA World Finals in 2010 when I played with Omen 60...7+ hours on the field, over 210 runs scored combined in both games. We won the first, forcing the "IF" and proceeded to go toe-to-toe in the nightcap...after 13 innings and 7 hours in windy Vegas heat, Turn Two exploded for 20 runs in the top of the 7th to put us away. Such was the collective strength and will of those teams. It was an incomparable day and Ray (among others) and I would often take a moment to remember it as the years went by and we saw each other at the Worlds or SPA. Still do.

It was always one of senior softball's great privileges to compete against the best players in the country. These Superior/Turn Two teams were that; and Ray Wimbrough and his fellows embodied the best in our game: talented, sportsmenlike, gentlemanly...yet fiercely competitive. Now, well into our 70s, the game has slowed a bit for some of us, but nothing can dim the bright, shining joy of remembering the great battles we had on the field.

We all share the pain of losing your friend and teammate, knowing somehow it will never be quite the same again. And to all of Tommy, and Danny, and Clattah, John, and all the others...thanks so much for the wonderful memories.

With sympathy for your loss,
Dennis Dalton
Old A's, Omen, 15 Hitmen
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