Dick LeMay

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Dick LeMay
Born: (1938-08-28)August 28, 1938
Cincinnati, Ohio
Died: March 19, 2018(2018-03-19) (aged 79)
Kansas City, Missouri
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
June 13, 1961, for the San Francisco Giants
Last MLB appearance
July 28, 1963, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
Win–loss record3–8
Earned run average4.17
Innings pitched108

Richard Paul LeMay (August 28, 1938 – March 19, 2018) was an American professional baseball player. A left-handed pitcher, LeMay appeared in parts of three Major League Baseball seasons (1961–63), but had a long career in minor league baseball. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduated from Withrow High School.

LeMay attended the University of Michigan, stood 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) tall and weighed 190 pounds (86 kg). He signed with the San Francisco Giants in 1958 and was recalled from the minor leagues during the 1961 season, appearing in 27 games for the Giants that season, starting five. He dropped six of nine decisions and recorded an earned run average of 3.56 and one complete game in 83⅓ innings pitched. He had nine-game trials with the 1962 Giants and the 1963 Chicago Cubs, and was winless in two decisions. All told he won three games, lost eight and had a career ERA of 4.17 in 45 Major League games. In 108 innings pitched, he surrendered 100 hits and 49 bases on balls. He struck out 69, and was credited with four saves.[1] In his lone MLB complete game, on June 24, 1961, at Busch Stadium, he defeated the St. Louis Cardinals, 6–1, allowing six hits; future Baseball Hall of Famer Bob Gibson took the loss.[2]

After he returned to minor league baseball in 1963, LeMay had a successful career as a starting pitcher at the Triple-A level through 1970, reaching the double digits in wins for six consecutive seasons, including 17- and 16-victory seasons in 1965 and 1968. All told, he won 139 games and lost 124 as a minor league pitcher.[3] LeMay also managed at the Class A level in the Cubs' farm system in 1971–72 and was a scout for the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1970s and the Montréal Expos during the 1980s.

LeMay died March 19, 2018.[4]


  1. ^ "Dick LeMay Statistics and History". baseball-reference.com. sports-reference.com. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  2. ^ "Retrosheet Boxscore: San Francisco Giants 6, St. Louis Cardinals 1". www.retrosheet.org.
  3. ^ "Dick LeMay Register Statistics & History". baseball-reference.com. sports-reference.com. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  4. ^ World, Barry Lewis Tulsa. "Pro baseball/High schools: Former Tulsa Oilers pitcher and Cascia Hall coach/AD Dick LeMay dies".

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