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Jim Lonborg is a member of the Red Sox Hall of Fame. Along with Carl Yastrzemski, he led the Red Sox to the American League pennant in their “Impossible Dream” season of 1967. It was the Red Sox first A.L. Championship since 1946. “Gentleman Jim” won the Cy Young Award with a league-high 22 wins and 246 strikeouts in 39 starts for the ’67 Sox. He was the winning pitcher in the pennant-clinching game against the Twins on the last day of the 1967 season. His bat helped Boston win that game. Minnesota had a 2-0 lead in the 6th inning when Jim dropped down a surprise bunt for a base hit that sparked a five-run rally. He pitched heroically in the World Series against St. Louis, winning two games. Lonborg spent the first 7 seasons of his major league career with the Sox before being traded to Milwaukee in 1972. He moved on to Philadelphia in 1973 and spent the rest of his career with the Phillies. He won 18 games for Philadelphia in 1976, and helped the Phils reach the NLCS in 1976 and 1977. Jim finished his career with 157 wins, 90 complete games, and 1,475 strikeouts. Upon retirement from baseball in 1979, he returned to Boston to earn a dental degree and has established a successful practice in the Boston area.
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