Edgar Martin Lepard
- Throws Left
- Height 5' 8", Weight 190 lb.
Ed Lepard pitched five seasons in AA, then the highest level of the minors.
After playing in several amateur and semi-pro teams around Manhattan, the Yankees sent him to Bridgeport Americans, of the Eastern League, for development in 1921. In his very first professional game, working against Waterbury, Lepard emerged victor by a score of 7 to 1. Incidentally, he made two hits and drove in four runs by his stick work. He went 15-13 with a 2.06 ERA for Bridgeport that year. He was third in the EL in ERA behind Chief Bender and Moose Fuller.
In 1922, he had a 14-11, 2.38 record for the Bridgeport Americans. Among EL hurlers with 100+ innings, he was 7th in ERA, between Ralph Head and Cy Morgan. Everybody else in the top 10 would spend time in the majors during their career. He pitched for the Almendares club in the 1922-1923 Cuban Winter League, going 7-5 with a 2.17 ERA (158 ERA+). He was 4th in ERA (between Armando López and Dave Brown), third in wins (four behind Lucas Boada and Dolf Luque), tied Boada and Oscar Levis for second with 11 complete games, was 4th with 116 IP (between Boada and Isidro Fabré) and was 7th in WHIP (1.22, between Bill Burwell and Fabré.
Moving up to the Buffalo Bisons, one step below the majors, Lepard was 14-12 with a 4.88 ERA in 1923. He had similar numbers (15-14, 4.66) for the '24 Bisons. He tied for 9th in the International League in defeats. 1925 was more of the same: 10-9, 4.54.
Ed split 1926 between the Bridgeport Bears (10-10, 4.73) and Newark Bears (2 G). He split 1927 with stints for two EL clubs (a combined 8-12, 3.95) then ended his pro career in 1928 with the Pittsfield Hillies (1-2) and one outing for the Montreal Royals.