Major League Baseball Player
October 23, 2019
It's WORLD SERIES week! So to celebrate that, and the Great American Pastime, we thought it would be appropriate to talk to former Major League Baseball star—Flint’s own—Ron Pruitt.
When you talk about sports in Flint, you’re going to find the best of the best. When it comes to baseball you're going to see some great names: Mike Menosky of Flint Central, Merv Rettmund and Ricky Leach of Flint Southwestern, Jeff Hamilton from Flint Carman, Scott Aldred of Montrose, Jimmy Abbott of Flint Central, and right there among the 'best of the best to ever do it', you'll find FLINT CENTRAL’S RON PRUITT.
Ronnie had a heckuva career in high school where he starred for the Indians, led a Flint contingent to the Connie Mack National Championship Final, and then enjoyed tremendous success as an All American at MSU.
Ron competed in the American League against the “Swinging A’s” Oakland A’s dynasty, “The Bronx Zoo” New York Yankees, and faced some of the greatest pitching talent in Major League history.
In all, Ronnie spent 9 years in the Major Leagues, and despite facing that incredible talent, he still hit .269. In today's day and age, that would have given him a significant multi-million dollar contract!
Ronnie also had a .345 On Base Percentage, and slugged .360. He played for the Cleveland Indians for five years, one year each for the Texas Rangers and Chicago White Sox, and two for the San Francisco Giants.
While in San Fran, Ron had a huge late season hit that was a game winner for Giants against the Astros in the middle of a tough division race. But in truth, it was just one of many big hits that Ron had in his illustrious career.
If you're a baseball fan, you're going to love this conversation with one of the greatest Flintstone athletes of all time!