Raymond C. Malgradi
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Raymond C. Malgradi
Aug 28 1922 ~ Aug 13 2013
Resident of Oakland
Ray passed away on Tuesday, Aug 13th at home with his soul mate, Nina by his side. He was just days shy of turning "91". Ray was a native of Oakland, attended Oakland schools graduating from Castlemont High in 1940. A member of the "Greatest Generation." Ray proudly served in the US Navy during World War II stationed on Manus Island in the Admiralties. Ray is preceded in death by his late wife Olympia "Ollie." He is survived by his soul mate Nina Zulim, devoted father to Raymond of Arizona, Carol of Hayward. Grand children Julie, Donnie Fanning, Raymond (Renee), Bryan (Kelly), Jon (Kirsten) Malgradi. 5 great-grandchildren.
Ray's true passion was baseball, spending 25 years in professional baseball. He was a player, coach, manager, scout and general manager. Ray also threw batting practice for the Giants, Athletics, Cardinals and Orioles. He managed the Medford Giants, Ogden Dodgers, Bluefield Orioles and the Stockton Ports. Later in life Ray began writing and published his book "Extra Innings" which he was very proud of sharing his life experiences. Ray was loved and respected by family and friends. His baseball legacy will forever live on in all of our hearts. For the love of the game ....
Family and friends are invited to a visitation on Monday Aug. 19th from 4:00PM-8:30PM, the vigil starting at 7:00PM. On Tuesday Aug. 20th, the visitation will be from 10:00AM-11:00AM with the funeral service at 11:00AM, all at Holy Angels Funeral Center, 1051 Harder Road, Hayward, CA. The burial will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hayward. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your local Baseball Little League.
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Published in Inside Bay Area News on Aug. 18, 2013.
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August 12, 2020
Its aug 2020, thinking of Ray still, ....when i’m scouting another ‘Jack clark’, i think of his shared with us to learn the gane. ...and tell prospect players of how great baseball was then!

Hope to hear from where that copy of his book...he was real, very capable AND lovable!
Mike Ocon
Coworker
August 13, 2014
you helped us do our best!
Mike Ocon
September 8, 2013
thank you for everything, Uncle Ray !
John Parilo
September 8, 2013
we will never forget you. you were truly a wonderful man, and friend.
Nadine Parilo
August 30, 2013
Ray†, we were your 1968 Giants. The next year you won as a Dodger rookie, ...but we won your confidence that year.

You led us to memorable season, He asked us to play hard and avoiding selling ice-cream cones for a living. A few found their way to the big leagues, others of us found other paths, almost all of us continue to be bird-dog scouts for his ‘Clarks Nutrackers Traveling Baseball Club/Teams'…,Tree's prospect somewhere in Africa, Todd's shopping for clothe and dressing up for Ed's breakfast, Ed's last series where we go to finally swim in the pool, Garry's ‘portable tunes', Tall Steve's presence, Randy ‘logeering' that last series and winning a contract the next year, here, right thru to just yesterday. when The Hawks in Dordrecht , NL , won their 4th in a row and Saturday showing the ‘spirit of the game', once again.

One of these days I will find and read that book you wrote. Probably looking past of our 16-45 record:) and that he saw us as his all-stars, ...thanks coach… in the coming years, 28 aug, his birthday, will be in the middle of a baseball season and they'll be a manager who will make a difference for their/our team(s), he sure made a difference in ours.
August 21, 2013
Ray you have one the biggest hearts and were always there for me. I will never forget you and your kindnes. RIP and Play Ball!
Eddie Miller
August 20, 2013
May you be at peace in that baseball diamond in the sky.
Kevin & Nicole Tastard
August 20, 2013
God bless you Ray. You were a friend of the Freschi family your whole life. I remember playing "catch" with you in the street back on Arbor Dr. Last night I dug through a file cabinet drawer and found a pro baseball you gave me. I was probably 10 years old at the time (40 years ago). I remember having a few beers with you at your bar, The Circle Club in San Leandro. I remember you bringing myself and my brothers a signed copy of your book, "Extra Innings". We emailed each other till your ending. You told me that your computer was old and couldn't open some of my attachments. (Maybe that was a good thing) Ha,ha,ha! Ray, you never gave up being a friend!

Ciao!
Chris Freschi
Chris Freschi
August 20, 2013
Mr Malgradi and Ray Adams,my uncle were dear friends. Oh how the stories my uncle would tell of the two you...it would fill the room with much laughter. My prayers go out to all the members of the Malgradi family.
Dave Adams
August 19, 2013
Ray, I didn't know you well, but you were already a legend when I was at Castlemont in '43, '44 and '45. I enjoyed meeting you a couple of times after the War. Those of us who knew you and knew of you will always hold fond memories of you.
Dave Heagerty,CHS, June ;45
Dave Heagerty
August 19, 2013
You were truly blessed with the best grandchildren ever. Be forever young in that diamond(baseball)in the sky
Sharon Souza
August 18, 2013
Uncle Ray,My greatest cheerleader,and avocate. my best friend, I will miss you, but never forget you. May you rest in peace.
Michael Zulim
August 18, 2013
Ray, You have left us with so many wonderful memories. All the good times we had together.You are in our hearts forever.Rest in peace.
Peter,Joanne Zulim
August 18, 2013
The best Grandfather and Great Grandfather! Rest In Peace.
Ray Malgradi
August 17, 2013
Rich & Jan Martin
August 17, 2013
Uncle Ray, I will miss the great phone visits with you, reminiscing of old times with the family and Grandpa Pereira on 71st street in Oakland. My wife Jan loved visiting with you too. Thanks for being a great uncle. You will be missed.
Rich Martin
August 17, 2013
you cared....thank you
Phil Pruski
August 17, 2013
Ray was a warm-hearted and genuine friend. We lost a great man. My condolences to his family.
Mark Freschi
August 17, 2013
Uncle Ray . . .
You have always been one of my favorite uncles. Always offer a smile and a kind word. Loved talking baseball with you. Dianne and I enjoyed our meal with you and Nina, at Francesco's in Oakland. Memories of the past will always remain as wonderful experiences with you and the family.
M. Buzz & Dianne Pereira
August 16, 2013
I just finished reading extra innings, brought back a lot of memories of the Oakland Oaks, great read. My mother Julia Dellachiara and dad Max Ehmke graduated from Castlemont and new Ray. I myself enjoyed meeting Ray at the Knights of Old lunches at Francescos. He will be missed.
Ronald Ehmke
August 16, 2013
Ray,
I truly treasured our friendship. You really were the "greatest". Rest in peace my friend.
Al Dias
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