Don Lee (baseball)

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Don Lee
Pitcher
Born: (1934-02-26) February 26, 1934 (age 83)
Globe, Arizona
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 23, 1957, for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
August 21, 1966, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 40–44
Earned run average 3.61
Strikeouts 467
Teams

Donald Edward Lee (born February 26, 1934 in Globe, Arizona) is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Detroit Tigers (1957–58), Washington Senators (1959–60), Minnesota Twins (1961–62), Los Angeles & California Angels (1962–65), Houston Astros (1965–66) and Chicago Cubs (1966). Lee batted and threw right-handed. He is the son of former major league pitcher Thornton Lee.

Lee attended University of Arizona. Signed by the Tigers as an amateur free agent in 1956, he debuted in the 1957 season. After two years with the Tigers, he was sent to the Senators. In 1965 Lee went to the Angels. He finished his career with the Cubs in 1966. Lee was a journeyman pitcher who divided his playing time jumping between the rotation and the bullpen. His most productive season came in 1962 with Minnesota and the Angels, when he compiled career-highs in victories (11), strikeouts (102), shutouts (2) and innings pitched (205 13).

On September 2, 1960, Lee surrendered a home run to Ted Williams in the first game of a doubleheader between the Senators and Boston Red Sox.[1] 21 years before, in his rookie season, Williams hit a home run off Don's father Thornton Lee, then with the Chicago White Sox, on September 17, 1939. With this feat, Williams became the only player in major league history to hit home runs against a father and son.[2]

In a nine-season career, Lee posted a 40–44 record with 467 strikeouts, a 3.61 ERA, 11 saves, and 828 13 innings in 244 games played (97 as a starter).

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