Richard Paul LeMay (born August 28, 1938) is an American former professional baseball player. A left-handed pitcher, LeMay appeared in parts of three Major League Baseball seasons (1961–1963), but had a long career in minor league baseball.
LeMay attended the University of Michigan, stood 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) tall and weighed 190 pounds (86 kg). He signed with the San Francisco Giants in 1958 and was recalled from the minor leagues during the 1961 season, appearing in 27 games for the Giants that season, starting five. He dropped six of nine decisions and recorded an earned run average of 3.56 and one complete game in 83⅓ innings pitched. He had nine-game trials with the 1962 Giants and the 1963 Chicago Cubs, and was winless in two decisions. All told he won three games, lost eight and had a career ERA of 4.17 in 45 Major League games.
He then had a successful career as a starting pitcher at the Triple-A level of the minors through 1970, reaching the double digits in wins for six consecutive seasons, including 17- and 16-victory seasons in 1965 and 1968. All told, he won 139 games and lost 124 as a minor league pitcher. LeMay also managed at the Class A level in the Cubs' farm system in 1971–1972 and was a scout for the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1970s and the Montréal Expos during the 1980s.
- ^ Major League statistics from Baseball Reference
- ^ Minor League statistics from Baseball Reference
By Dean Hanley
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