Lemon, Bob

Robert Granville Lemon
Born: September 22, 1920, San Bernardino, California
Died: January 11, 2000, Long Beach, California
Played For: 
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.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that Bob Lemon played the role of future Hall of Fame pitcher Jesse Haines in the 1952 film The Winning Team, which starred Ronald Reagan as Hall of Fame pitcher Grover Alexander?
The line on Lemon is that the next person to say something bad about him will be the first.
sportswriter Steve Cady