Jim Lonborg

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James Reynold Lonborg (born April 16, 1942) is a former Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher who played with the Boston Red Sox (1965–71), Milwaukee Brewers (1972) and Philadelphia Phillies (1973–79). He was known as "Gentleman Jim" during his 15 year career for his fearlessness for pitching on the inside of the plate.

Born in Santa Maria, California, Lonborg graduated from Stanford University.

He enjoyed his best year in the Carl Yastrzemski-led Red Sox' "Impossible Dream" season, when he led American League pitchers in win (22), games started (39), and strikeouts (246). That year, the Red Sox were involved in a four-way race for the American League pennant with the Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox; the race was reduced to three teams after the White Sox lost a doubleheader to the Kansas City Athletics on September 27. The Red Sox and Twins faced each other in the season's final series and entered the final day (October 1) tied for first place; the Tigers were 1/2 game out of first and needed to sweep a doubleheader from the California Angels to force a playoff between the winner of the Red Sox-Twins game. Lonborg outdueled Twins ace Dean Chance in that finale, while the Tigers defeated the Angels in the first game but lost the second, putting the Red Sox in the World Series for the first time since . In that World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Lonborg pitched Game Two in what was only the fourth...
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