Bob Lemon

Bob Lemon
Birthdate 9/22/1920
Death Date 1/11/2000
Debut Year 1938
Year of Induction 1976
Teams Indians, Royals, White Sox, Yankees
Positions Manager, Pitcher

From 1948-1956 Bob Lemon averaged 20 wins per season and appeared in seven All Star games. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1976.

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Bob Lemon started as a two-way player before taking the mound full time

Bob Lemon started as a two-way player before taking the mound full time

Bob Lemon starting playing baseball professionally at age 17 in 1938. As an outfielder he hit .307 in 300 at bats at Class C. He also appeared in one scoreless inning as a pitcher. Lemon remained in the minors until he enlisted in the navy in 1943. A strong prospect by then, Lemon remained in the ar
Hank Greenberg was the Indians GM for the final 10 years of Lemon's playing career

Hank Greenberg was the Indians GM for the final 10 years of Lemon's playing career

Though Bob Lemon never signed the 1953 contract shown here, Hall of Fame first baseman Hank Greenberg did. The former slugger penned his signature in his capacity as Indians’ general manager. A nice association piece for the two Cooperstown compadres, this piece originated from Bob Lemon’s estate.
In 1955, Lemon led the AL in wins for the third and final time of his career.

In 1955, Lemon led the AL in wins for the third and final time of his career.

The Bowman baseball card shown here is from 1955, a year in which Bob Lemon led American League pitchers in wins. Lemon led the AL in that category three times, 1950, ’54, and ’55. The seven-time All Star was a model of durability, leading the league in starts four times, and batters fac
Lemon appeared in 15 games in 1958 before retiring as a player

Lemon appeared in 15 games in 1958 before retiring as a player

The first page of the Uniform Player’s Contract calls for Lemon to make $30,000 for the 1958 season. He pitched in 11 games and appeared as a pinch hitter in 6. Lemon’s final big league appearance came as a pinch hitter on July 1st. The next day Cleveland released him. Notice the “Loyalty Clause” of the contract which states, “The player agrees
Lemon rejected the terms of this deal in '58; he ended up signing for $35,000

Lemon rejected the terms of this deal in '58; he ended up signing for $35,000

The second page of the 1958 contract deal stipulates that the club may terminate the contract if the player shall at any time, “fail, refuse, or neglect to conform his personal conduct of good citizenship and good sportsmanship, or keep himself in first class condition.” It also puts forth that
This contract came from Lemon's estate and is signed by GM Frank Lane

This contract came from Lemon's estate and is signed by GM Frank Lane

The third page of the standard four-page document holds the signature of Frank Lane in his position as General Manager of the Cleveland Indians. As this was Lemon’s personal copy, there are no additional signatures beyond that of Lane. Generally the club sent two contracts, one for the player to s
Lemon finished with 207 career victories and a 3.23 earned run average

Lemon finished with 207 career victories and a 3.23 earned run average

The final page of the contract contains more legal stipulations for both the pitcher and the team. This would be Lemon’s final contract for his last year as a Major League player. He finished with 207 wins and a 3.23 ERA. Eighteen years later Lemon would be given baseball’s highest honor wh
Bob Lemon joined the Cleveland coaching staff immediately after retirment

Bob Lemon joined the Cleveland coaching staff immediately after retirment

Bob Lemon retired as a player after appearing in just 11 games in 1958. He stayed on the big club’s staff for parts of the ’59 and ’60 campaigns. Shown here is a 1960 Topps card featuring the Indians staff. It depicts Lemon and fellow Cleveland hurler Mel Harder in addition to two
In his four seasons as Yankee skipper, Lemon's teams won two pennants and a World Series title

In his four seasons as Yankee skipper, Lemon's teams won two pennants and a World Series title

Bob Lemon won 207 games in his 13-year playing career, earning induction into the Hall of Fame in 1976. Lemon also managed three clubs in nine seasons including the pennant-winning Yankees of 1978 and 1981. In the collection is the lineup card from Game 2 of the 1981 World Series signed by the Yanke
Overall Lemon managed 8 seasons for the Royals, White Sox, and Yankees

Overall Lemon managed 8 seasons for the Royals, White Sox, and Yankees

Lemon’s tenure with the Yankees started after George Steinbrenner fired manager Billy Martin midway through the 1978 season. Though the Yanks won the World Series in ’77, the combustible Martin wore out his welcome in ’78. Lemon’s steady leadership was just what the Yankees needed as they finished

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