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.
Holy Angels Funeral & Cremation Center
Published in Inside Bay Area News on Aug. 18, 2013.