June 10, 1928|
|Died: December 4, 2010
|September 5, 1952 for the Brooklyn Dodgers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 30, 1961 for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|Earned run average||3.91|
Kenneth Karl Lehman (June 10, 1928 – December 4, 2010) was a relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who pitched for three different teams between the 1952 and 1961 seasons. Listed at 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m), 170 lb., he batted and threw left-handed.
Born in Seattle, Washington, Ken Lehman was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers organization in 1946 out of Kirkland High School and entered on their farm system in 1947. He played four seasons, reaching the Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League in 1950 before enlisting during Korean War.
After three successful years with the Montreal Royals of the International League, Lehman returned to the Dodgers for the entire 1956 season. He then was purchased by the Baltimore Orioles during the middle of the 1957 season and pitched for them through 1958.
Lehman collected career numbers in 1957 while pitching for Baltimore, when he posted an 8–3 record with a 2.78 earned run average and six saves in 68 innings of work, appearing primarily as a left-handed specialist and spot starter.
After that, Lehman spent one more season in AAA with Buffalo and the Jacksonville Suns, retiring after 1962 with a 14–10 mark and a 3.91 ERA in five major league years. In eleven minor league seasons, he posted a 141–101 record with a 3.60 ERA in 340 games.
Following his playing retirement, Lehman coached at the University of Washington from 1964 to 1971, retiring with a record of 96–177. He later worked in the Mount Baker School District for 31 years.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference