Terry Ley

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Terry Ley
Born: (1947-02-21) February 21, 1947 (age 70)
Portland, Oregon
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
August 8, 1971, for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
September 25, 1971, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 0-0
Earned run average 5.00
Strikeouts 7

Terrence Richard Ley (born 21 February 1947, Portland, Oregon) is a retired baseball pitcher who began his career in the 1971 season for the New York Yankees. He was a student of University of Oregon before he was drafted in the 3rd round of the January 1967 draft and was 24 when he made his major league debut on August 20, 1971 for the Yankees. He played in 6 major league games.


Ley attended Madison High School in Portland, Oregon.[1] He was initially drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 30th round of the 1965 Major League Baseball draft, but chose not to sign. He attended the University of Oregon, where he played college baseball for the Oregon Ducks baseball team. After his freshman year, he transferred to Clark College in Vancouver, Washington.[1]

The New York Yankees drafted Ley in the third round of the January Secondary draft in 1967, and he signed.[1] He made his Major League Baseball debut in 1971. After the season, the Yankees traded Ley and Gary Jones to the Texas Rangers for Bernie Allen. The same day, the Rangers traded Ley and Jones with Denny Riddleberger and Del Unser to the Cleveland Indians for Roy Foster, Rich Hand, Mike Paul and Ken Suarez.[2] During the 1974 season, the Indians traded Ley and Brent Strom to the San Diego Padres for Steve Arlin.

Ley finished his career playing in Japan, playing for the Nippon-Ham Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) in 1974 and 1975. Ley was the first pitcher in NPB history to issue three balks in an inning, doing so in 1974.


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