Roy Lee (baseball)

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Roy Lee
Born: (1917-09-28)September 28, 1917
Elmira, New York
Died: November 11, 1985(1985-11-11) (aged 68)
St. Louis, Missouri
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 23, 1945, for the New York Giants
Last MLB appearance
September 29, 1945, for the New York Giants
MLB statistics
Win-Loss record 0-2
Earned run average 11.57
Innings pitched 7.0

Roy Edwin Lee (September 28, 1917 – November 11, 1985) was an American baseball player and collegiate coach. He was a Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the New York Giants in 1945.[1]


Roy Lee was named the head coach of the Saint Louis University baseball program in 1960. In seven years, his Billikens built a record of 125–84–5.[2] His teams won the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) regular season title in 1966 and the MVC Tournament championship in 1964–66, earning a place in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) playoffs. Lee's Billikens placed third in the 1965 College World Series.[3][4]

In 1967, Lee departed the successful Division I program at St. Louis to start the new Division II program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). With no scholarships and almost no budget, he quickly built a successful program. In his eleven years as the Cougars' head coach, his teams had a record of 237–144–3 and made eight successive appearances in the NCAA playoffs. Lee's Cougars advanced to the Division II College World Series three times and finished as the 1976 runners-up.[5][6][7]

On April 26, 1986, between the games of a double-header, the SIUE baseball field was rededicated and named Roy E. Lee Field.[8]


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