Knox alum was noted baseball writer, editor

From: Daily Review Atlas (Monmouth, IL)

From feature writer Bill Knight: After 28 years as a writer and editor at The Sporting News, [Ralph Ray] the Fairview, Ill., native – who died 10 years ago this month – sent for information from the bulletin from his former U.S. Army unit – the 2nd Infantry Division – detailing the experience of comrades fighting in Europe during World War II. When the troop reports arrived, he realized that they were stories he himself had written back when he’d been a second lieutenant. “He went around and talked to the people and found out what they did yesterday,” Ray’s wife Mary Jane Ray said. “Years later, who would have thought we would have been reading his old stories.”

After growing up on a Fulton County farm, Ray went to Knox College in Galesburg, where he graduated in 1942. After his military service, he started on the sports desk of the Decatur Herald through the 1940s… Read more…