|Birth: ||Sep. 23, 1920|
|Death: ||Jan. 11, 2000|
Hall of Fame Major League Baseball Player, Manager, Coach. For thirteen seasons (1946 to 1958), he was a pitcher with the Cleveland Indians. Born Robert Granville Lemon, he attended Woodrow WIlson High School in Long Beach (California) before being signed as an amateur free agent by the Indians in 1938. He marked his Major League debut on September 9th, 1941 and appeared in 5 games that season. For parts of two years (1941 to 1942), Lemon played at the third-base position and following his service with the US Navy during World War II (with the exception of twelve games as a center-fielder), he made the conversion to pitcher during the 1946 season. Along with Bob Feller and Early Wynn, Lemon formed an elite Indians' starting rotation which was a major factor in propelling Cleveland to the world championship title in 1948. During the 1948 World Series, he recorded a 2 win 0 loss record with a 1.65 ERA in 2 games pitched. His other postseason experience as a player was in 1954 when Cleveland won the American League Pennant. He was 0 and 2 during the 1954 World Series with a 6.75 ERA in 2 games pitched. During the course of his career, he won 20-or better games seven-times and led the league three-times in victories (1950, 1954 and 1955). In 460 career regular season games, he compiled a 207 win 128 loss record, with a 3.23 lifetime ERA in 2,850 innings pitched. He achieved All-Star status seven consecutive years (1948 to 1954). After retiring as a player, he had coaching stints with Cleveland (1960), Philadelphia (1961), California (1967 to 1968) and Kansas City (1970). He succeeded Charlie Metro as manager of the Kansas City Royals in 1970 and remained at that capacity until 1972, and later served as manager of the Chicago White Sox (1977 to 1978) guiding them to a 90 win 72 loss record and a third-place finish in the American League West in 1977. Lemon succeeded Billy Martin as manager of the New York Yankees during the Summer of 1978 and guided them to the World Series title. He was replaced by Martin during the 1979 season, but assumed a second stint as manager of the Yankees after succeeding Gene Michael during the strike-shortened 1981 season and guided them to the American League Pennant. He was dismissed early in the 1982 season after compiling a 417 win 442 loss career managerial record, but would remain with the Yankees' organization to serve as a scout. He was elected as a player to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1976. (bio by: C.S.)
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
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