September 23, 1952 |
Los Angeles, California
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|August 21, 1977 for the Chicago Cubs|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 6, 1992 for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Earned run average||3.93|
Dennis Patrick Lamp (born September 23, 1952) is a former middle relief pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB). From 1977 through 1992, the breaking ball specialist played for the Chicago Cubs (1977–80), Chicago White Sox (1981–83), Toronto Blue Jays (1984–86), Oakland Athletics (1987), Boston Red Sox (1988–91) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1992).
Lamp was born in Los Angeles, California. After graduating from St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, California in 1971, Lamp was selected in the third round (62nd overall) by the Cubs in that year's MLB Draft.
In a 19-season career, Lamp posted a 96-96 record with a 3.93 ERA and 35 saves in 639 games pitched. His best season was 1985: 11-0 and a 3.32 ERA in 105 innings. In 1984 with the Blue Jays, Lamp came up just one win short of Luis Arroyo’s 1961 record for most consecutive wins by a reliever.
Lamp was involved in two individual career milestones involving a pair of future Baseball Hall of Famers. On August 13, 1979, he gave up Lou Brock's 3000th hit. He also surrendered Cal Ripken, Jr.'s first major-league hit, a third-inning infield single in the White Sox's 8–7 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Memorial Stadium on August 16, 1981.
Life after baseball
- "Dennis Lamp Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved November 18, 2012.
- Crowe, Jerry. "Former big league pitcher Dennis Lamp's adaptability still serves him well," Los Angeles Times, Sunday, January 30, 2011.
- 1971 Major League Baseball Draft, Rounds 1–10 – Pro Sports Transactions.
- Back in Time: August 13
- Chicago White Sox 8, Baltimore Orioles 7; Sunday, August 16, 1981 (D) at Memorial Stadium – Retrosheet.
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