Ray Wing

Known as "The Franchise" of the old Midland team of the City, Va1ley, and Sunset leagues, Wing truly lived up to his name as he was known for having one of the strongest throwing arms in the region. Although not a giant physically, standing 5'9" and weighing 165 pounds, Wing was one of the quickest of his era and was also known for his long ball hitting. A graduate of Lincoln High School, Wing was a member of the McKinley Avenue Under 18 team In 1948 and the Under 20 team in 1949 until many of the McKinley players joined their compatriot Midland club in 1950. He was top pro prospect in the late 40's and early 50's with many scouts on his trail. Considered at least a Pacific Coast League prospect by the San Francisco Seals, Wing was invited to their Boise Class C Pioneer League spring training in eastern Washington. The trial at Boise was somewhat disappointing so Wing enlisted in the Marine Corps. He returned home in 1954 and went on to win the City League batting championship in 1955 with a .408 batting average while playing for Midland.