Buddy Lewis

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Buddy Lewis
Buddy Lewis 1939.jpg
Third baseman / Outfielder
Born: (1916-08-10)August 10, 1916
Gastonia, North Carolina
Died: February 18, 2011(2011-02-18) (aged 94)
Gastonia, North Carolina
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 16, 1935 for the Washington Senators
Last MLB appearance
September 30, 1949 for the Washington Senators
Career statistics
Batting average .297
Home runs 71
Runs batted in 607
Career highlights and awards

John Kelly Lewis (August 10, 1916 – February 18, 2011), better known as Buddy Lewis, was a third baseman/right fielder in Major League Baseball who played his entire career with the Washington Senators (1935–41, 1945–47, 1949). He batted left-handed and threw right-handed. Only Ty Cobb had more career hits at the age of 24 than Lewis. Lewis was born in Gastonia, North Carolina.

In an 11-season career, Lewis posted a .297 batting average (1,563-for-5,261) with 73 home runs, 607 RBI, 830 runs, 249 doubles, 93 triples, and 83 stolen bases in 1,349 games played.

Lewis' nephew is former major league player Hal Morris. Morris' youngest son, John Kelly, is named in Lewis' honor.[citation needed]

During World War II, Lewis served in the United States Army Air Forces as a transport pilot. He flew more than 500 missions in the China-Burma-India Theater and won the Distinguished Flying Cross before returning to the Major Leagues in 1945.[1]

Lewis died on February 18, 2011, at the age of 94, after a long battle with cancer..[2]

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  1. ^ Bullock, Steven R. (2004). Playing for Their Nation: Baseball and the American Military during World War II. University of Nebraska Press. pp. 118–120. ISBN 0-8032-1337-9. 
  2. ^ Schudel, Matt. “Buddy Lewis, Nats star and WWII pilot, dies at 94” The Washington Post. Retrieved July 12, 2013[1]

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