Roy Robert Partee was born September 7, 1917 in Los Angeles, California. Partee would sign with the Boston Red Sox and make the major leagues in 1943. He got the job as the Sox main catcher, hitting .281 in 96 games, but had no power in his bat, not hitting a single HR.
In fact in 1090 career at bats he only hit two career HRs. The following season he was called for military duty to serve in World War II but was rejected due to a bad ankle.
He rejoined his team, & posted the 2nd best fielding percentage among catchers at .989. He hit both of his two career HRs while driving in 41 runs, but his average fell to .243. At the end of the year, he enlisted in the military on his own, in San Pedro California and served until the War ended.
He came back to the Red Sox in 1946, & ended up losing his starting job to Hal Wagner. That year the Red Sox went to the World Series, but only went 1-10 playing in five games.
The Mad Dash: He is most famous for having Enos Slaughter slid past him in the so called “mad dash”. Slaughter was on first with tie score & two outs in the bottom of the 8th inning.
Harry Walker blasted a hit as Slaughter was attempting a steal, he ran all the way home and beat Johnny Pesky’s throw, sliding under Partee.
As a part time player he hit a career best .315, and after one more season was traded to the St. Louis Browns. He played 82 games in St. Louis, but hit only .203 wrapping up his brief 5 year playing career. He was traded to the A.L. New York team but did not play in the majors.
Retirement: Lifetime he hit .250 with 273 hits 2 HRs 114 RBIs & a .334 on base % in 367 lifetime games.
After his playing days, he managed in the California & Pacific Coast league into the end of the fifties. When the New York Mets were born, he came aboard as a scout and would play a huge part in signing many of the Mets young players for the next twenty three years.
Over the years he signed players like Bud Harrelson, Tug McGaw, Bobby Heise, Rick Aguilera, & Greg Jeffries just to name a few.
Partee passed away in 2000 at the age of 83 in Eureka, California.