Gomez, Lefty

Vernon Louis Gomez
Born: November 26, 1908, Rodeo, California
Died: February 17, 1989, Greenbrae, California
Played For: 
New York Yankees (1930-1942), Washington Senators (1943)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1972

A lanky left-hander, Vernon Lefty Gomez baffled the opposition with a blazing fastball and sweeping curve, while entertaining teammates with his wit and good humor. He was a 20-game winner four times during the 1930s and comprised half of the Yankees' devastating 1-2 punch, along with right-hander Red Ruffing, helping them to seven pennants. Gomez twice won the pitching Triple Crown in 1934 and 1937. He set a World Series record by winning six games without a loss.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that not only was Lefty Gomez the winning pitcher for the American League in the first major league All-Star Game, but he also drove in the first run of that historic game, July 6, 1933?
A sweetheart of a guy and a sweetheart of a pitcher.
Tommy Henrich