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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Keith Ringgold, Unconventional Run - 3143

The run scored by Everett's Keith Ringgold may not have been a conventional one, but it did help the team to a 7-2 victory.

Tied at two in the fifth, Ringgold reached on an error, then later scored on an interference call, according to The Eugene Register-Guard.

Ringgold scored that run in his first year as a pro. His career, though, wouldn't be much longer, abruptly ending just eight games into his second campaign.

Ringgold's career began in 1990, signed by the Giants as an undrafted free agent, the Baltimore native coming out of Charles County Junior College.

With Everett, the outfielder Ringgold got into just 22 games, hitting .239. He also knocked in just two and stole three.

For 1991, Ringgold stayed with the Giants, and the short-season Northwest League. But he moved to independent Bend. In the first eight games, Ringgold hit just .125. Then his career abruptly ended, the Giants summarily releasing him after a shoplifting charge. The outcome of the charge could not be determined.

Ringgold, though, appears to have returned to the field three years later, though in a much different setting. A Keith Ringgold is listed as a utility player in the credits of Major League II, a movie that used minor league players and was filmed in the former Giant farmhand's hometown.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 956
Made the Majors: 622 - 65.1%
Never Made Majors: 334-34.9%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 277
10+ Seasons in the Minors: 165

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