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Edward Leon Everitt

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Leon Everitt pitched in five games for the San Diego Padres in 1969, the team's first season. In the minors, he had three good years in a row in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, going 11-4 for the Jamestown Dodgers in 1966, 15-13 for the Albuquerque Dodgers in 1967, and 17-10 for the Spokane Indians in 1968. On April 17, 1969, the Dodgers, who had picked him in the 8th round of the 1965 amateur draft out of high school, traded him to the Padres along with SS Tommy Dean in return for veteran pitcher Al McBean.

Everitt made his major league debut a few days after the trade, making all of his appearances in relief and pitching a total of 15 2/3 innings with an 8.04 ERA. He gave up 18 hits and 12 walks in those innings, while striking out 11. He also pitched 7 games for the Key West Padres of the Florida State League that season, going 1-4, 4.63. The Padres are listed as an affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, but were in fact jointly operated by the Cubs and Padres that season. The Padres did not have a AAA affiliate that year, although they did use the AA Elmira Pioneers as their top farm club; it's not clear why Everitt was not sent there when he flunked the big league test. In any case, he never pitched professionally after that season.

"Everitt's big pitch is his curve ball with baffling speed changes." - The Spokesman-Review, May 6, 1968

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