Dennis Lamp

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Dennis Lamp
Born: (1952-09-23) September 23, 1952 (age 62)
Los Angeles, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 21, 1977 for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
June 6, 1992 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Career statistics
Win–loss record 96–96
Earned run average 3.93
Saves 35

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 (1977–1980), Chicago White Sox (1981–1983), Toronto Blue Jays (1984–1986), Oakland Athletics (1987), Boston Red Sox (1988–1991) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1992).


Lamp was born in Los Angeles, California.[1] After graduating from St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, California in 1971,[2] Lamp was selected in the third round (62nd overall) by the Cubs in that year's MLB Draft.[3]

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.[4] 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.[2][5]

Post-season appearances[edit]

Lamp has pitched in the AL Championship Series on three occasions: 1983 with the White Sox, 1985 with the Blue Jays, and 1990 with the Red Sox.

Life after baseball[edit]

Lamp has worked behind the seafood counter at Bristol Farms in Newport Beach, California since 2004.[2]


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