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Ray Baartz

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Full nameRay Baartz
Date of birth6 March 1947(age 69)
Place of birthNewcastle, Australia
Playing positionStriker

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Ray Baartz (born 6 March 1947) was an Australian football (soccer) player. He is a member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

Ray was born in Newcastle, New South Wales and spent his early years playing for Adamstown. At 17 he joined Manchester United and after 6 months signed on a two year contract. In 1966 he returned to Australia and transferred to Sydney Hakoah for a then Australian record of ₤5600. He played 236 club matches scoring 211 goals.

He represented Australia 48 times scoring 18 goals, making him the 8th highest goal scorer of all time.

Baartz was selected in the Australian squad to play in the World Cup finals in 1974 but his career was prematurely ended after he was felled by a blow from Uruguay's Luis Garisto in a friendly international fixture at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The blow to his throat had damaged his carotid artery.

Ray currently still lives in Newcastle.

Baartz Terrace in the Sydney suburb of Glenwood is named for him.

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