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Leslie Norvin Rohr

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Pitcher Les Rohr was the second overall pick of the 1965 amateur draft and played briefly in the majors for the New York Mets.

Born in England while his father was serving in the Air Force, Rohr grew up in Billings, Montana. Selected out of high school by the Mets with the second overall pick in 1965's inaugural amateur draft, after Rick Monday had been selected by the Kansas City A's, he made his pro debut that summer with the Williamsport Mets, going 4-6 with a 1.84 ERA in a dozen starts.

Rohr reached the majors as a September call-up in 1967 and made his debut on September 19th, earning a win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. In three late-season starts for New York, he went 2-1 with a 2.12 ERA. He made the Mets' Opening Day roster in 1968 and was the losing pitcher in a 24-inning game against the Houston Astros on April 15th. After one more appearance for the club that year, he was sent down to the minors, where he struggled with injuries for the remainder of the season.

Rohr began 1969 with the Memphis Blues, for whom he went 9-7 with a 3.18 ERA in 21 starts. Facing the San Antonio Missions on April 20th, he threw a seven-inning no-hitter. He was called back up to New York in September and made one appearance for the pennant-winning club, giving up 3 earned runs in 1 1/3 innings of work. After splitting 1970 between Memphis and the Tidewater Tides, he was conditionally dealt to the Milwaukee Brewers. However, a physical exam showed a back injury, and he was returned to the Mets, who released him. He never pitched professionally again.

After baseball, Rohr returned to his hometown of Billings, where he coached American Legion ball.

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