Gregory T. Hayes
Born: November 18, 1924 (Brigus, Newfoundland)
Died: October 2, 2014 (Pennsauken, New Jersey)
After graduating from Camden High School in New Jersey, Gregory Hayes signed a professional contract with the Boston Red Sox.
In 1946, he was on the roster of the Rocky Mount Rocks of the Coastal Plain League, a Class-D circuit featuring eight teams in eastern North Carolina. He played centre field and batted leadoff in at least one game. The 1946 Rocks are remembered for the pitching performance of left-hander Bill Kennedy, who went 28-3 with a 1.03 earned-run and 456 strikeouts, including 24 in one game and 22 in another.
Hayes was the youngest of 10 children of James and Elizabeth Hayes. He was born in 1924 at Brigus, a scenic fishing port on Conception Bay in the Dominion of Newfoundland.
Hayes returned to Camden where he played for local teams such as RCA, Defiance and the Hot Stovers. He also coached youth baseball for Little League teams and for the Cramer Hill Boys Club.
He worked for 30 years as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service until retiring in 1988.