Thornton Lee Stats

Thornton Lee was born on Thursday, September 13, 1906, in Sonoma, California. Lee was 27 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 19, 1933, with the Cleveland Indians. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Thornton Lee baseball stats page.

"One of the most intriguing baseball riddles in recent years seemed on the verge of a happy solution today and the answer may bring a change for the better in the fortunes of the Chicago White Sox . Thornton Lee has played the unhappy victim in this diamond teaser since the spring of 1942, and the achievements of the White Sox have ebbed as fast as his effectiveness evaporated. Lee, one of the game's cleverest southpaws and most consistent Yankee beater, rocketed to hurling heights in 1941 by winning 22 games for the Sox to lead the American League with an average run of 2.38 while pitching the most complete games. But he slid down in half the time it took him to reach the top and the following season he languished on the Chicago bench - his arm virtually useless and his ability an apparent thing of the past." - United Press Reporter Paul Scheffels in The Ogden Standard-Examiner (05/31/1943, 'Thornton Lee Back In Form", Page 8)
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Thornton "Lefty" Lee Autograph on a 1989 Pacific Trading (#158)

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Birth Name:
Thornton Starr Lee
Nickname:
Lefty
Born On:
09-13-1906  (Virgo)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Sonoma, California
Year of Death Data Died On:
06-09-1997 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Tucson, Arizona
Cemetery:
Cremated
High School:
Arroyo Grande High School (Arroyo Grande, CA)
College:
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Left
Player Height Chart Height:
6-03
Player Weight Chart Weight:
205
First Game:
09-19-1933 (Age 27)
Last Game:
06-18-1948
Draft:
Not Applicable
Thornton Lee

Thornton Lee Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
1933 27 Indians 3 2 0 1 1 .500 4.15 2 0 0 17.1 75 13 8 9 1 11 0 7 0 0 0 -
1934 28 Indians 24 6 6 1 1 .500 5.04 0 0 0 85.2 400 105 48 57 8 44 1 41 1 3 1 -
1935 29 Indians 32 20 9 7 10 .412 4.04 8 1 1 180.2 783 179 81 90 6 71 2 81 1 4 1 -
1936 30 Indians 43 8 13 3 5 .375 4.89 2 0 3 127.0 584 138 69 86 2 67 4 49 3 2 2 -
1937 31 White Sox 30 25 4 12 10 .545 3.52 13 2 0 204.2 876 209 80 91 17 60 5 80 1 1 0 -
1938 32 White Sox 33 30 3 13 12 .520 3.49 18 1 1 245.1 1,074 252 95 123 12 94 8 77 2 3 0 -
1939 33 White Sox 33 29 4 15 11 .577 4.21 15 2 3 235.0 1,008 260 110 121 14 70 2 81 2 3 1 -
1940 34 White Sox 28 27 0 12 13 .480 3.47 24 1 0 228.0 948 223 88 100 13 56 7 87 4 2 1 -
1941 35 White Sox 35 34 1 22 11 .667 2.37 30 3 1 300.1 1,224 258 79 98 18 92 6 130 2 4 0 -
1942 36 White Sox 11 8 3 2 6 .250 3.32 6 1 0 76.0 334 82 28 38 4 31 0 25 2 2 0 -
1943 37 White Sox 19 19 0 5 9 .357 4.18 7 1 0 127.0 550 129 59 66 8 50 0 35 0 4 0 -
1944 38 White Sox 15 14 1 3 9 .250 3.02 6 0 0 113.1 461 105 38 51 3 25 0 39 2 1 0 -
1945 39 White Sox 29 28 1 15 12 .556 2.44 19 1 0 228.1 951 208 62 81 6 76 3 108 1 10 1 -
1946 40 White Sox 7 7 0 2 4 .333 3.53 2 0 0 43.1 187 39 17 24 1 23 1 23 2 1 0 -
1947 41 White Sox 21 11 5 3 7 .300 4.47 2 1 1 86.2 394 86 43 50 5 56 11 57 1 2 0 -
1948 42 Giants 11 4 0 1 3 .250 4.41 1 0 0 32.2 150 41 16 20 3 12 3 17 0 1 0 -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
16 Years 374 272 50 117 124 .485 3.56 155 14 10 2,331.1 9,999 2,327 921 1,105 121 838 53 937 24 43 7 -
Thornton Lee

Thornton Lee Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1933 27 Indians 3 8 2 3 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 .375 .375 .625
1934 28 Indians 24 21 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 11 0 0 0 0 .095 .136 .143
1935 29 Indians 32 61 6 12 2 0 0 0 7 3 0 17 3 0 1 3 .197 .246 .230
1936 30 Indians 43 41 3 5 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 12 0 0 0 0 .122 .182 .122
1937 31 White Sox 30 71 5 15 3 2 0 0 4 1 0 16 5 0 0 1 .211 .222 .310
1938 32 White Sox 34 97 14 25 3 1 4 0 16 0 0 23 4 0 0 2 .258 .258 .433
1939 33 White Sox 33 91 8 15 3 0 0 0 4 4 0 18 0 0 0 2 .165 .200 .198
1940 34 White Sox 28 84 7 23 4 0 0 0 5 4 0 30 5 0 0 2 .274 .307 .321
1941 35 White Sox 35 114 7 29 5 0 0 0 8 4 0 20 1 0 0 4 .254 .280 .298
1942 36 White Sox 11 30 0 6 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 10 0 0 0 2 .200 .200 .267
1943 37 White Sox 19 42 1 3 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 8 1 0 0 0 .071 .071 .071
1944 38 White Sox 15 42 2 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 8 1 0 0 3 .095 .095 .095
1945 39 White Sox 29 78 6 14 1 0 0 0 6 5 0 15 2 0 0 7 .179 .229 .192
1946 40 White Sox 7 15 0 4 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 4 0 0 0 1 .267 .267 .267
1947 41 White Sox 21 29 0 6 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 11 0 0 0 0 .207 .258 .207
1948 42 Giants 11 11 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 .091 .091 .091
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
16 Years 375 835 63 167 24 4 4 0 66 27 0 208 22 0 1 29 .200 .226 .253
Thornton Lee

Thornton Lee Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1933 Indians P 3 2 52 3 1.0 3 0 3 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.56
1934 Indians P 24 6 257 24 1.0 22 4 18 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .917 2.31
1935 Indians P 32 20 542 55 1.7 52 11 41 3 3 n/a n/a n/a .945 2.59
1936 Indians P 43 8 381 40 0.9 38 3 35 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .950 2.69
1937 White Sox P 30 25 614 46 1.5 43 9 34 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .935 1.89
1938 White Sox P 33 30 736 52 1.6 47 1 46 5 2 n/a n/a n/a .904 1.72
1939 White Sox P 33 29 705 53 1.6 51 6 45 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .962 1.95
1940 White Sox P 28 27 684 40 1.4 36 5 31 4 2 n/a n/a n/a .900 1.42
1941 White Sox P 35 34 901 67 1.9 62 10 52 5 2 n/a n/a n/a .925 1.86
1942 White Sox P 11 8 228 9 0.8 8 1 7 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .889 0.95
1943 White Sox P 19 19 381 23 1.2 20 3 17 3 1 n/a n/a n/a .870 1.42
1944 White Sox P 15 14 340 37 2.5 35 3 32 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .946 2.78
1945 White Sox P 29 28 685 46 1.6 44 6 38 2 4 n/a n/a n/a .957 1.73
1946 White Sox P 7 7 130 9 1.3 7 0 7 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .778 1.45
1947 White Sox P 21 11 260 21 1.0 19 4 15 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .905 1.97
1948 Giants P 11 4 98 8 0.7 8 1 7 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.20
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
P Totals 374 272 6,994 533 1.4 495 67 428 38 21 n/a n/a n/a .929 1.91
16 Years 374 272 6,994 533 1.4 495 67 428 38 21 n/a n/a n/a .929 1.91
Thornton Lee

Thornton Lee Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1933 Indians 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.0 2.7 0.64 3.63 5.71
1934 Indians 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.9 21.0 0.93 4.31 4.62
1935 Indians 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.6 8.7 1.14 4.04 3.54
1936 Indians 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.4 41.0 0.73 3.47 4.75
1937 White Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.4 17.8 1.33 3.52 2.64
1938 White Sox 0 0 .000 1 0 n/a 24.3 4.2 6.1 0.82 2.82 3.45
1939 White Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 5.1 22.8 1.16 3.10 2.68
1940 White Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.8 16.8 1.55 3.43 2.21
1941 White Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 5.7 14.3 1.41 3.90 2.76
1942 White Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.0 15.0 0.81 2.96 3.67
1943 White Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 5.3 14.0 0.70 2.48 3.54
1944 White Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 5.3 21.0 1.56 3.10 1.99
1945 White Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 5.2 13.0 1.42 4.26 3.00
1946 White Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.8 5.0 1.00 4.78 4.78
1947 White Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.6 29.0 1.02 5.92 5.82
1948 Giants 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.7 0.0 1.42 4.68 3.31
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
16 Years 0 0 .000 1 0 n/a 208.8 4.0 12.7 1.12 3.62 3.24
Thornton Lee

Thornton Lee Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1933 Cleveland Indians 30 $3,000.00 - -
1934 Cleveland Indians 22 $3,000.00 - -
1935 Cleveland Indians 22 $3,000.00 - -
1936 Cleveland Indians 22 $5,000.00 - -
1937 Chicago White Sox 27 $5,500.00 - -
1938 Chicago White Sox 27 $8,500.00 - -
1939 Chicago White Sox 27 $10,000.00 - -
1940 Chicago White Sox 27 $10,500.00 - -
1941 Chicago White Sox 27 $9,500.00 Stats -
1942 Chicago White Sox 27 $15,000.00 - -
1943 Chicago White Sox 27 $8,500.00 - -
1944 Chicago White Sox 27 $7,000.00 - -
1945 Chicago White Sox 27 $7,000.00 n/a -
1946 Chicago White Sox 27 $6,500.00 - -
1947 Chicago White Sox 27 $6,500.00 - -
1948 New York Giants 49 $5,500.00 - -


Thornton Lee surrendered one-hundred twenty-home runs to sixty-three different different sluggers during his career. The batters who took him deep the most were Lou Gehrig (9 HRs), Joe DiMaggio (7 HRs), Rudy York (6 HRs), Hank Greenberg (5 HRs), Charlie Keller (5 HRs), and Hal Trosky (5 HRs). Ted Williams is one of those sixty-three, but only went deep against Thornton once, on September 17, 1939 . Fast forward twenty-one years, Williams went deep against Lee once again, but this time it was Don Lee , Thornton's son, on September 2, 1960 , the first time a father-son duo each surrendered a homer to the same batter.

Did you know that Thornton Lee was the only Chicago White Sox pitcher to have a twenty-win season during the 1940s ? Vern Kennedy went 21-9 with the 1936 Chicago White Sox , Billy Pierce went 20-9 with the 1956 Chicago White Sox , and in between the All-Stars Lee went 22-11 with the 1941 Chicago White Sox .

Thornton Lee Baseball Card
Thornton Lee Bio | 1978 Grand Slam Baseball Card (#173) | Baseball Almanac Collection
The Van Lingle Mungo , a nostalgic bossa nova classic baseball ballad, specifically names Thornton Lee - the last Chicago White Sox pitcher to ever throw thirty complete games in the same season (1941).

Last-Modified: February 1, 2018 10:05 AM EST

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