Jim Lonborg

Birthdate 4/16/1942
Death Date
Debut Year 1965
Year of Induction
Teams Brewers, Phillies, Red Sox
Position Pitcher

The first Cy Young Award winner in Boston Red Sox history, Jim Lonborg was elected to the franchise’s  Hall of Fame in 2002.

In the collection:

Questionnaire regarding Mickey Mantle's last at bat and the 1967 Cy Young season

Questionnaire regarding Mickey Mantle's last at bat and the 1967 Cy Young season

Jim Lonborg and Carl Yastrzemski were the face of the Red Sox franchise during their magical 1967 “Impossible Dream” season. Yaz won the Triple Crown and MVP while Lonborg was the league’s Cy Young Award winner. In the collection is this questionnaire signed and filled
Lonborg led the AL in wins and strikeouts in 1967 -- here are autographed leaders cards

Lonborg led the AL in wins and strikeouts in 1967 -- here are autographed leaders cards

In 1967 Jim Lonborg led the American League in starts, wins, strikeouts and hit batters. This performance earned him 18 of the 20 first-place votes in Cy Young Award balloting. Shown here is a pair of Topps leader cards depicting Lonborg as the the American League
Jim Lonborg signed card from Cy Young season

Jim Lonborg signed card from Cy Young season

Jim Lonborg enjoyed a long and productive Major League career that spanned from 1965 through 1979. Though he was an All Star and Cy Young Award winner many wonder what heights he might have reached if not for an knee injury in during the off season in 1967. Shown here is an autographed Topps card from the pinnacle of Lonborg’s career.

A Story about Jim Lonborg

There was no champagne for Red Sox, Lonborg in ‘67

July 20th, 2017

World Series championships are won on the field, not in the newspapers, but the press might have given the Cardinals extra motivation in their epic seven-game battle against the Red Sox in 1967. Boston had to grind it out just to get to the post season. The battle for supremacy in the American League came down to the last day of the regular season with Boston clinging to a half-game lead over Detroit. The Tigers had a double header at home against the Angels while the Red Sox played the Twins at Fenway Park. Boston turned to ace Jim Lonborg for the regular season finale. The 1967 Cy Young Award winner, Gentleman Jim responded with a gutty performance on three days rest going the distance and allowing only one earned run before the sellout crowd at Fenway. The October 1st contest was his 15th complete game of the season. The Tigers, needing a sweep of California won the first game 6-4 but couldn’t contain the Angels in the 8-5 loss in the second game of the twin bill. With the Detroit loss, Boston earned a berth to the World Series against the National Champion St. Louis Cardinals. On only two […]

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