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May 23, 1902|
|Died: July 9, 1986
|April 19, 1923, for the New York Giants|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 1, 1938, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Earned run average||3.72|
|Career highlights and awards|
He was a solid pitcher who contributed to his teams over the years. Some of his career highlights were as follows:
- He helped the Giants win the 1923 National League Pennant.
- He finished 11th in voting for the 1927 National League MVP. That year, he had a won-loss record of 18–11, with 19 complete games, 4 shutouts, 2 saves, 239 ⅔ Innings Pitched, and a 3.38 ERA.
- He also finished 6th in voting for the 1929 NL MVP for leading the league in WHIP (1.204), hits allowed per 9 innings pitched (8.90), and complete games (28).
- In addition, he also had a 19–12 won–loss record, with 2 shutouts and a 3.60 ERA. Lucas finished 14th in voting for the 1931 NL MVP.
- Lucas also led the National League in shutouts (4) in 1928, complete games (28) in 1932, walks/9IP (1.33) in 1936.
He currently ranks 30th on the Major League Baseball career walks per 9 Innings Pitched (walks/9IP) List (1.61). In 15 seasons, Lucas had a 157–135 won–loss record, 396 games, 301 games started, 204 complete games, 22 shutouts, 70 games finished, 7 saves, 2,542 innings pitched, 2,736 hits allowed, 1,198 runs allowed, 1,051 earned runs allowed, 136 Home Runs allowed, 455 walks, 602 strikeouts, 23 hit batsmen, 7 wild pitches, 10,648 batters faced, 6 balks and a 3.72 ERA.
After his major league career, Lucas spent several seasons managing and occasional pitching in the minor leagues. He served as a minor league manager in 1941 with Grand Rapids (Michigan State League) and in 1942 Newport (Tenn.) of the Appalachian League. Lucas was a player/coach for the Nashville Vols in 1944 and 1945. He managed the Class D Lumberton Cubs of the Tobacco State League in 1947.In 1948, Lucas was the manager of the Decatur Ill. club in the Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League.
His nickname, "The Nashville Narcissus," was coined by Colonel Bob Newhall, a reporter for the old Cincinnati Tribune, who may have thought the young pitcher was a blooming star. He died in Nashville, Tennessee on July 9th, 1986, at the age of 84.
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