|Born:July 5, 1948|
Charlotte, North Carolina
|June 30, 1969, for the Chicago Cubs|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 2, 1972, for the Chicago White Sox|
|Earned run average||2.99|
David Lee Lemonds (born July 5, 1948) is an American former professional baseball player, a left-handed pitcher who played in the Major Leagues in 1969 and 1972 for the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox. Lemonds appeared in 33 Major League games, all but two of them for the 1972 White Sox. He started 19 games, and in 99⅓ innings recorded 69 strikeouts and allowed 92 hits and 43 bases on balls. He retired after the 1974 minor league baseball season.
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Lemonds played on the Charlotte Post 9 (American Legion) team that advanced to back to back championship games, in 1964 and 65. Post 9, coached by his father Jack, won the Legion national championship in 1965.
Lemonds, then went on to play for the University of North Carolina, where he was named first team All American, and Sporting News Player of the Year in 1968. UNC retired his number.
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