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The Gray Hound Dog Turner, Roosevelt Turner, was an amazing baseball player to watch. Bruso, Ba Dog, or Dog Turner had blazing speed on the base path, and the fans love to see him run.

First, this fleet-footed base stealer known by many names led the league in stolen bases and ran scored for many seasons. Our Lady’s Catholic Church School Yard’s product played one year in Junior League and many years in senior League for the most part. 

Ba Dog Turner
The Gray Hound Dog Turner

1968 Turner & Fred heading to the Indians

However, his local play was interrupted for two years, during which time he played “A” Baseball for the Cleveland Indians before returning home to finish his baseball career playing locally.

Speed and Power, Ba Dog Turner Processed it all as a Lead Off Batter.

For example, this fire starter as a leadoff hitter put fear in other teams’ minds. Turner had the power to hit home runs or drop a bunt, and with the speed and power, he was a hard out.

Speed on the Base Path

The Gray Hound Dog Turner, The Gray Hound Roosevelt “Ba Dog” Turner was one of the fastest Bahamians to play baseball in the Bahamas.

In short, don’t blink when the Gray Hound was on the bases. Please get to the game early when he is leading off the game because he will be swing for the fences. He said his home runs take off like Bahamas Air.

Don’t Blink!!!

So then. Did you blink? Well, you missed that take-off for second base. In his case, winning stolen base titles was a norm for Turner. Turner won the stolen base crown in 1972 with 48, 1973 with 40,1974, and again in 1977 with 30.

Did you Blink?

Why? Ahh, well, next time he is at second base, and the base gets hit, don’t blink; he is going to score.

The Gray Hound

Leading off the game with a Home Run, The Gray Hound.

For instance, he won the run-scoring tile five years in a row & a total of six times. First, with 50 in 1972, 37 in 1973, 36 in 1974, 55 in 1975, 53 in 1976, and again 54 in 1978. Also, winning the MVP in 1975. Furthermore, finally named to the Sports Hall of Fame.

Hall-of-Fame Induction:

Finally, a Hall-of-Famer. He was a member of the 2015 inductees class. However, he was inducted Posthumously, and it was well deserved.

The Gray Hound

Roosevelt Turner left us 20 years ago, 2001.

The Gray Hound, Roosevelt Turner, left us in 2001. In short, we lost a father, a brother, a co-worker, and a friend. I was very close to Turner even though we played on opposing teams. Finally, he was everybody’s friend, to me a co-work and a big brother who would let me drive all of his cars. We will never forget the Gray Hound.

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