Today in Tribe History: September 22, 1920
Bob Toth | On 22, Sep 2016
While the Indians would win their sixth straight game, an 8-3 victory in Cleveland over the Boston Red Sox to reach the 90-win plateau for just the second time in the 20-year history of the franchise, a future component of the team’s next two American League pennant winning clubs, Bob Lemon, is born in San Bernardino, California.
Lemon will make his Major League debut two weeks shy of his 21st birthday, but after just five games in 1941 and another five in 1942, the future Hall of Famer would find himself entrenched like so many others of his era in a commitment to the United States Navy during World War II.
After Lemon returned, the former third baseman split time in the outfield and on the pitcher’s mound, eventually working his craft so well that he would make seven consecutive All-Star appearances and would throw a no-hitter during the championship run in 1948. He won as many as 23 games twice and would spend his entire 15-year Major League career as a member of the Cleveland Indians.
Following his career, he was a minor league manager, a Major League coach and manager, and a scout for the New York Yankees. He would return to the World Series one last time in 1978 when he led the New York Yankees to a world title.