Lemon had great knowledge of the fine art of pitching. This 'Hall of Famer' won 20 games or more - 7 times. Bob Lemon proudly served in US Military during World War II otherwise his career totals would have been much higher. Bob Lemon had 207 wins and only 128 loses; .618 pct. Bob played outfield in the minors but later switched to pitching. Good hitting pitcher, he was often used by Cleveland's manager Al Lopez as a pinch hitter. After serving in the US Military during World War II Lemon joined the Indians in 1946. In 1948 he posted his first of seven 20 game win season, and helped the Indians to their last World Series win, 20-114, 2.82 ERA. In 1949, Lemon won 22 games and lost 10.
In 1954, he went 23-7 as the Cleveland won the pennant. Lemon's relentless curve ball and great control made him almost un-hittable in 1954 and he was voted the 'Pitcher of the Year.' Lemon started 350 career games and completed 188. He pitched 31 career shutouts. After he retired as a player, he managed the New York Yankees and led them to the pennant. baseballhistorian.com All Rights Reserved Bob Lemon
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