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Daniel William Lewandowski

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 180 lb.

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Right-hander Dan Lewandowski was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals as an amateur free agent before the 1948 season. The 20-year-old was farmed out to the Hamilton Cardinals of the class D PONY League and was there for both 1948-49, winning 30 games with only 11 losses. He would go 12-14 with two clubs in 1950. He would then have about a good a year as a man can have when he went 24-6 with a 2.02 ERA in 1951 for the Allentown Cardinals with his 24 victories and 249 innings pitched leading the Interstate League and making him an All-Star. This show also got Dan a late September call-up to the St. Louis Cardinals and he lost his only decision in two relief appearances in his only time in the majors.

Lewandowski would spend four more seasons in the minors (1952-55) and not have another winning season. He would be with the Houston Buffaloes, Rochester Red Wings, Columbus Red Birds, Augusta Rams and finally with the Macon Peaches in 1955. At the age of 27 and eight seasons, he decided to hang up his spikes.

Dan's overall minor league stats were very good, winning 83 games while losing only 59 with a 3.44 ERA.

A native of Buffalo, NY, Lewandowski was employed with the Dosasco steel mill for thirty years after leaving baseball. He retired to Hamilton, ON, where he died July 19, 1996, at age 68.

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