Born: September 22, 1920, San Bernardino, California
Died: January 11, 2000, Long Beach, California
Cleveland Indians (1941-1942, 1946-1958)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1976
Eight years after making his professional debut as an infielder-outfielder, Bob Lemon realized his destiny as a pitcher. At the age of 25, he embarked on a Major League pitching career that included seven 20-win seasons over a nine-year span. The right-handed ace became a key factor in Cleveland's 1948 and '54 pennant drives, posting records of 20-14 and 23-7, respectively. After his playing days, Lemon became a successful manager, leading the Yankees to the world championship in 1978.