Chet Lemon was a superb centerfielder and ranks as one of the all-time best. Playing his first six years in cavernous Comiskey Park, he set AL records just about every year. In 1977, Lemon set a American League record for the most putouts for an outfielder, 512, and records for most putouts and chances, 524. Both records remain unbroken. Chet Lemon holds the American League record for the most seasons having more 400 plus putouts in a season with 7. In 1977, Lemon hit 38 doubles, 19 HR's and scored 99 runs. His top season for batting was 1979, he hit 44 doubles to tie for the league lead, batted .318, and had 86 RBI's. He also made the All-Star team in three different years. Lemon was a hustling, play to win ballplayer, and fans would cheer his sliding into 1st base trying to beat out an infield grounder.
The White Sox traded him to the Detroit Tigers in 1982 and as his power numbers rose, he became an important player for the Tigers in their World Series victory in 1984. In the regular season for the Tigers, Lemon batted .287, 34 D, 20 HR's, 76 RBI's. Lemon played with the Tigers thru 1990 when he retired. Chet Lemon career: batted .273, hit 396 D's, 61 T, 215 HR's. Chet Lemon, we honor your top all-around hustling and outstanding give-it-your-all fielding. Baseballhistorian.com All Rights Reserved Chet Lemon