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Bob Lemon
#21 | Pitcher | Cleveland Indians


Robert Granville Lemon

     Bob Lemon was born just a few months after Early Wynn, and the two formed a formidable pitching tandem in Cleveland for a decade.  Lemon led the AL in innings pitched four times, in complete games 5 times, won 20 games or more 7 times in a nine-year span, and finished in the top five in the ERA race 5 times between 1948 and his retirement in 1959.  He was a major factor in the Tribe's 1948 and 1954 pennant drives, with records of 20-14 and 23-7, respectively.

 

     In 1954, he finished fifth in the MVP voting for the third time, with a 23-7 record and a 2.72 ERA; teammates Mike Garcia (19-8, 2.64 ERA) and Wynn (23-11, 2.73 ERA) finished first and third respectively.  Wynn finished sixth in MVP voting.  The threesome pitched the Indians to a 108-54 record and a World Series showing.  The 1954 Indians also had Bob Feller (13-3. 3,09 ERA) and Hal Newhouser (7-2, 2.51 ERA in 46 2/3 innings over 26 games, all but one in relief), so they had four future Hall of Famers on their pitching staff - Feller, Newhouser, Lemon and Wynn.

 

   Lemon retired with 207 wins in a 13-year career.  

 


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