Leron Lee

Lee played for eight years in the big leagues, hitting .250 with 31 home runs for four teams from 1969-1976. He broke in with the St. Louis Cardinals, but had his best year for the San Diego Padres in 1972. He hit .300 that year while setting career highs in home runs (12), RBIs (47) […]

Swings and misses

The American League MVP in 1968 and a two-time Cy Young Award winner, Denny McLain won 131 games during a 10-year run through the big leagues. He came up with the Detroit Tigers in 1963 and won 20 games in 1966 while making his first all-star team. He won 31 games for Detroit in 1968 […]

Swings and misses

Paul Smith appeared in 223 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs, hitting .270 with seven home runs. He came up with the Pirates in 1953 and had the best year of his career, posting a .283 average with four home runs and 44 RBIs. Smith did not play in the majors (or the […]

Swings and misses

Gene Pentz pitched in 104 games for the Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros, going 8-9 with seven saves in a four-year career. His best year came in 1976 with the Astros when he won three games, saved five more and finished with a 2.97 ERA. He pitched in 41 more games for Houston in 1977, […]

Swings and misses

A reserve catcher for 10 years, Tim Blackwell hit .228 with six home runs in 426 games. His career began in 1974 with the Boston Red Sox and concluded in 1983 with the Montreal Expos. Along the way he played for the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs. He had one year as the Cubs’ starting […]

Swings and misses

Charley Rabe pitched in 11 big-league games for the Cincinnati Reds in 1957 and 1958. He went 0-4 with a 3.67 ERA in 27 innings. He made two starts and finished one game while striking out 16 of the hitters he faced. Rabe’s professional career lasted from 1952-1963. A veteran of 15 seasons, Ernie Whitt […]