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James Anthony Lehew

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 185 lb.

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Jim Lehew pitched for the Baltimore Orioles in 1961-62.

Lehew was born in Baltimore, and signed with the Orioles as a free agent in 1958. He was immediately successful in the minors, going 20-9 with Pensacola in 1958. He worked his way up the Orioles system, and after going 10-7 for Little Rock in 1961, he made his major league debut in mid-September. In two innings of work he gave up no runs.

Lehew was 23 at the time. The 1961 Orioles were a fairly young team, with the starting rotation including 23-year-old Steve Barber, 23-year-old Chuck Estrada, 22-year-old Jack Fisher and 22-year-old Milt Pappas as well as 36-year-old Hal Brown. Third baseman Brooks Robinson 24 while veteran Hoyt Wilhelm was 38.

Jim also pitched for the 1962 Orioles, appearing in 6 games with an ERA of 1.86. However, he spent most of the season in the minors with Rochester. He had good ERA's in the minors in both 1963 and 1964 but didn't make it back to the majors.

The April 1962 issue of Baseball Digest wrote an article about him called The Rookie Who Deals from under the Table. The reason was because he was a submariner. The article said that during a tremendous first minor league season at Pensacola, he developed a back injury that required surgery and plagued him his second year.

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