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Ray Washburn

Ray Washburn

Columbia Basin College, Bellevue College
Class of 1991

A graduate of Burbank High School, Ray Washburn had an outstanding college baseball and basketball career at Columbia Basin and Whitworth Colleges.

He pitched Whitworth to the NAIA national championship in 1960. Behind the strength of Washburn’s pitching, Whitworth went on to win the championship and Washburn was named tournament MVP. He would post a 3-0 record, striking out 37 batters in 19 innings, while allowing no runs and just five hits.

He signed an amateur free agent contract with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1960. Washburn, a right-hander, pitched for the Cardinals from 1961 to 1969, and the Cincinnati Reds in 1970.

Washburn won 12 games for the Cardinals as a rookie. He also won 21 games in a two-year stretch after recovering from a serious shoulder injury, ultimately helping the Cardinals defeat the Boston Red Sox in the 1967 World Series.

1968 was Washburn’s best season; he won a career high 14 games while posting a career low 2.26 ERA. His 124 strikeouts that season were also a career high. Washburn also made history on September 18th by no-hitting the San Francisco Giants 2-0 at Candlestick Park, just 16 hours after Gaylord Perry no-hit the Cardinals the previous day.

Over his major league career Washburn won 72 games with a 3.59 earned run average over 1,210 innings pitched. He also pitched in three World Series with the Cardinals and Reds.

Washburn came to Bellevue Community College in 1971 following his ten year career in the major leagues and was the head baseball coach at BCC for ten years, winning the NWAACC title in 1979.

Washburn also taught physical education and was athletic commissioner for 11 years and athletic director for nine years. Member of the Northwest Sportscenters Hall of Fame.

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