Turk Lown

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Turk Lown
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Pitcher
Born: (1924-05-30) May 30, 1924 (age 90)
Brooklyn, New York
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 24, 1951 for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
September 22, 1962 for the Chicago White Sox
Career statistics
Win-loss record 55–61
Earned run average 4.12
Strikeouts 574
Saves 73
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Omar Joseph "Turk" Lown (born May 30, 1924 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American former professional baseball player. He was a right-handed pitcher over parts of eleven seasons (1951–1954, 1956–1962) with the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds and Chicago White Sox. The 6 ft (1.8 m), 180 lb (82 kg) Lown got his nickname as a child because of his fondness for eating turkey.

For his career, he compiled a 55–61 record in 504 appearances, mostly as a relief pitcher, with a 4.12 earned run average, 73 saves and 574 strikeouts. In 1959, he led the American League in saves and games finished to help lead the White Sox to the pennant. Lown did not give up a run in three appearances in the 1959 World Series loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He also led the National League in successive seasons (1956–1957) in games finished, while topping the NL in games pitched (67) in 1957.

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