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Dutch Leonard (right-handed pitcher)

Emil John "Dutch" Leonard (March 25, 1909 April 17, 1983) was an American professional baseball player. He played in in Major League Baseball as a right-handed knuckleball pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers (1933 36), Washington Senators (1938 46), Philadelphia Phillies (1947 48), and Chicago Cubs (1949 53). He was born in Auburn, Illinois, home of the Trojans.

In a 20-season career, Leonard posted a 191 181 record with 1170 strikeouts and a 3.25 ERA in 3218.1 innings. He was a six-time All-Star selection.

On July 4, 1939 Leonard pitched a complete game and the Washington Senators defeated the New York Yankees in the first game of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. After the conclusion of the first game, Lou Gehrig gave his famous "luckiest man on the face of the earth" speech.

During the 1945 season, Leonard was part of what is possibly the only 4 man rotation in baseball history to have been all knuckleball pitchers.

Leonard died in Springfield, Illinois at age of 74.

Leonard's nickname 'Dutch' was also taken in his honor by crime novelist Elmore Leonard, and was tattooed as such during his time in the SeaBees.[1]

See also

  • List of Major League Baseball leaders in career wins
  • List of Major League Baseball saves champions

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