Lonborg in 1971
April 16, 1942 |
Santa Maria, California
|April 23, 1965, for the Boston Red Sox|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 10, 1979, for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|Earned run average||3.86|
|Career highlights and awards|
James Reynold Lonborg (born April 16, 1942) is a former Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher who played with the Boston Red Sox (1965–71), Milwaukee Brewers (1972) and Philadelphia Phillies (1973–79). He was known as "Gentleman Jim" during his 15-year career for his fearlessness for pitching on the inside of the plate.
Born in Stanford University.
He enjoyed his best year in the Cy Young Award (becoming the first pitcher in Red Sox history to win the Cy Young Award), played in the All-Star game, and finished prominently in voting for the MVP award (6th in the voting, Yastrzemski winning the award).
In December 1967, Lonborg tore the ligaments in his left knee while skiing and his pitching career thereafter was marked by many injuries. He won only 27 games from 1968 to 1971 and was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers after the 1971 season. While he performed well for Milwaukee in 1972, the team traded him in October to the Philadelphia Phillies. He spent the next six and a half seasons with Philadelphia before his release midway through the 1979 season.
Jim Lonborg was selected to the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2002.
On the Boston-based
- Hurford, Daphne (31 May 1976). "A Gentler Style for a Gentleman". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 16 July 2011.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube