Raymond Meyer

Oct. 12, 1933 - Oct. 18, 2009             Port Arthur, TX

Raymond Meyer possessed extraordinary athletic ability from an early age.  He was a four-year letterman for Bishop Byrne Catholic High School in Port Arthur, Texas, playing for the Shamrock football team from 1949-1952. Bishop Byrne's Green Machine 
 
Nicknamed the Green Machine, Meyer was named All-District, All-State, and All-Catholic All-American Prep, a special honor considering Bishop Byrnes's small size. In 1952, Meyer led the Shamrocks to the Texas Catholic Interscholastic League State Championship.
 
In 1953, Meyer enrolled at Louisiana State University Tigers, then transferred to Lamar State College.  He played there for three seasons (1954-1956) and was named to the small college Little All-American team in 1956.
 
After college, Raymond Meyer was offered a tryout with the San Francisco 49ers, but during one of the practices, he shattered his knee. Raymond returned to Port Arthur and began his working years at the Gulf Refinery, where he worked as a Lab Technician. Always the competitor, Raymond pitched in Port Arthur's City Soft Ball League until he was 50 and remained a strong supporter of local sports.