Ray "Boo Boy" Knox


Player Profile 

Position: P

Teams: Chicago American Giants,

New Orleans Eagles

Career: 1949-1952


Ray Knox was a Negro League catcher for the Chicago American Giants and the New Orleans Eagles. He began his career in 1949, two years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball.  Nicknamed "Boo Boy," Knox earned the nickname, as an Evanston city resident. Knox began playing in the Negro Leagues at age 14 in 1949 and played until 1952. Knox went on to get married shortly after, then he and his wife would eventually have six children. After his wife died in 1963, he moved to Evanston where he managed a dry cleaning business and raised his kids as a single parent. At the age of 83, Know was still energetic and competitive, saying he can still do push ups. On Monday February 8th, of 2016 The Evanston City Council presented native Ray Knox with a key to the city. As at the time he was one of only 60 or so players from baseball's Negro League still living. 

Work Cited

Moran, T. (2016, February 08). Former negro league player will get key to the city. Retrieved April 23, 2021, from https://patch.com/illinois/evanston/former-negro-league-player-will-get-key-city-0

Shelly, N. (2016, February 09). Negro leagues baseball player RAY Knox receives key to city. Retrieved April 23, 2021, from https://dailynorthwestern.com/2016/02/09/city/negro-leagues-baseball-player-ray-knox-receives-key-to-city/