When Raymond Daviault passed away on Friday, Quebec baseball lost one of its biggest builders.
The former color carrier of the New York Mets, one of the first Quebecers to play baseball in the major league, died at his home in Notre-Dame-de-la-Merci at the age of 86.
For now it remains to be clarified the causes of death, since he did not suffer from any major health problems.
Daviault saw some action in 36 games with the Mets in 1962, went 1-5 and a earned average of 6.22. He was specially sent to the mound against the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 30, 1962, when the legendary Sandy Koufax scored a game without points or beating the opposing clan.
“When he had a goal in mind, it was impossible to be more determined,” grandson Kevin Daviault Bernier suggested on Sunday. He showed perseverance. That’s why he went there. ”
However, it was with a scary team – the Mets’ 120 losses that year was a record for mediocrity in the modern era of baseball – that he went on, so much so that he was not included. able to look good and continue his career in the major leagues afterwards.
“Bad teams allow you to have a chance in the big ones, but never for very long,” also analyzed with regret the baseball analyst from TVA Sports’ Rodger Brulotte, who considers Daviault’s contribution to Quebec baseball after all. invaluable, either as an athlete or a builder.
His career in the major baseball disciplines ranges from 1953 to 1963. He played especially for the Montreal Royals, at the AAA level.
After his professional athletic career, Daviault worked for the O’Keefe and Molson breweries. He became heavily involved in minor baseball in Montreal. Much was renamed in his honor in the Pointe-aux-Trembles district in 2017.
A few months earlier, he had been the subject of a tribute at the Olympic Stadium before the second preseason game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Pittsburgh Pirates, along with Claude Raymond, Denis Boucher and Derek Aucoin. He was also inducted into the Quebec Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003.
But for his family, it is his big heart we will remember. He thus leaves two children alive and several grandchildren to mourn.
“He was a man of the heart,” proudly claimed Kevin Davialut Bernier. That was what he would like to remember from him. She was an exceptional person. He had a big heart. He always gives to the neighbor. He really enjoyed doing people a favor. ”
“He was my idol. That’s a big loss. ”