Bill Lee

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Bill Lee  

(Chicago Cubs, 1934-1943) 

Birthday: October 21

Bill Lee pitched 11 of his 14 seasons in the major leagues with the Cubs.  He posted a 139-123 win/loss record with the team.  A 2-time all-star (1938-1939), Lee won 20 games in a season twice (1935 and 1938).  These same 2 seasons, his efforts helped lead the Cubs to the World Series.  Unfortunately, he did not collect a victory in 3 career World Series starts, taking the loss in 2 of those games.  Lee also led the league in shutouts twice with 4 in 1936 and 9 in 1938.


Cubs Pitchers, all-time WAR as Pitcher
1) Fergie Jenkins                 2485 IP            51.9
2) Rick Reuschel                  2272 IP            47.4
3) 3 Finger Brown               2329 IP           41.0
4) Bob Rush                            2132 IP           39.5
5) Greg Maddux                   2008 IP           36.3
6) Charlie Root                      2791 IP           36.1
7) Hippo Vaughn                  2216 IP           35.0
8) Pete Alexander                1884 IP           33.7
9) Claude Passeau                1914 IP          33.0
10)Carlos Zambrano          1791 IP           30.2
11)Bill Lee                                2247 IP            29.6
12)Bill Hands                          1414 IP            24.7
13)Lon Warneke                  1609 IP            24.5


This Day in Chicago Cubs History-Bill Lee

May 7, 1934
Bill Lee's MLB start is a 4 hit shutout over the Phillies at Wrigley Field.

May 12, 1934
Bill Lee follows up his first major league victory, a shutout over the Phillies with another shutout, this one against the Brooklyn Dodgers, 5-0 at Wrigley Field. 

June 17, 1934
In the 2nd game of a doubleheader, Bill Lee pitches an 11 inning shutout as the Cubs defeat the Boston Braves 3-2 at Wrigley Field. 

August 27, 1934
Bill Lee of the Cubs prevents the New York Giants, Hal Schumaker from getting his 20th win of the season as he shuts out the Giants 1-0 on just 3 hits. 

September 11, 1934
At Braves Field in Boston, Bill Lee pitches a 6-hit shutout as the Cubs defeat the Braves 2-0.

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May 20, 1935
At Wrigley Field, Bill Lee pitches a 6-hit shutout and drives in a run in a 5-0 win over the Boston Braves. 

June 19, 1935
In the 2nd game of a doubleheader, Bill Lee shuts out the Boston Braves on just 5 hits in a 3-0 Cubs victory. 

September 7, 1935
At Wrigley Field, Bill Lee pitches a 6-hit shutout against the Phillies in a 4-0 win. 

September 27, 1935
At Sportsman's Park, Cubs clinch NL title with a 6-2 victory over Cardinals. Bill Lee wins 20th game of season.

September 27, 1935
Cubs clinch the NL pennant to face the Yankees in the World Series.  In game 1 of the doubleheader, they defeat the Cardinals 6-2 as Bill Lee wins his 20th game of the season.  Cubs win the 2nd game of the doubleheader for their 21st consecutive win and their 100th win of the season.

Bill Lee and the Cubs finished the season very strong in 1935.  The Cubs won 22 straight games from September 4 through September 27.  Lee finished the season with 9 out of 10 victories in his final 10 starts of the season.  He pitched 8 complete games. 

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April 29, 1936
At Wrigley Field, the Cubs defeat the Brooklyn Dodgers 2-0 behind Bill Lee's 4-hit complete game shutout.  

June 25, 1936
In game 1 of a doubleheader, Gabby Harnett's 1st inning RBI single is all the Cubs need as Bill Lee scatters 9 hits by the Boston Bees with the help of 3 Cubs double plays for a 1-0 victory at Braves Field. 

June 28, 1936
In 2nd game of a doubleheader, Bill Lee pitches his 2nd consecutive shutout (he shut out the Boston Bees on 6/25/1936), giving up just 7 hits in a 6-0 Cubs victory over the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds.

Cubs sweep DH and shut out Giants twice. Larry French throws a shutout in the first game. 

July 13, 1936
At Wrigley Field, the Cubs and New York Giants combine for just 6 hits in a 1-0 Cubs victory.  Bill Lee pitches a 4-hit complete game shutout as the Cubs defeat Carl Hubbell and the Giants.


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June 22, 1937
At Wrigley Field, Bill Lee pitches a 7-hit complete game shutout as the Cubs defeat the New York Giants 5-0.

June 26, 1937
Bill Lee pitches 11 innings, but is the tough luck loser as the Cubs lose 2-1 to the Dodgers at Wrigley Field. 


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May 19, 1938
Bill Lee pitches a 10-inning, 5-hit shutout and scores the only run of the game on a Billy Herman's RBI single as the Cubs defeat the New York Giants 1-0 at the Polo Grounds. 

From May 19th to June 7th, Bill Lee pitches 6 complete games, getting the win in each game.   4 of the 6 wins are shutouts.  He gave up just 3 runs in 55 innings for a 0.49 ERA. 

July 24, 1938
At Wrigley Field, the Cubs and Giants play 15 innings.  Cubs tie the game at 4-4 in ninth inning as Stan Hack scores the tying run.  Hack wins the game in the 15th inning with a walk-off double.   Bill Lee pitches 7 scoreless relief inning to earn the victory. 

From September 5th to September 22nd, Bill Lee pitches 4 complete game shutouts and earns a save with 1 1/3 scoreless innings on 9/7/1938.  His victory on 9/22 is his 20th win of the season. 

September 26, 1938
Bill Lee's streak of 4 consecutive complete game shutouts streak ends (with a scoreless relief appearance mixed in), but he still pitches a complete game and Cubs win 6-3.

September 29, 1938
Bill Lee earns his 22nd victory of the season and pitches for the 4th game in a row as the Cubs defeat the Pirates for a very important series sweep.  The Cubs now lead the Pirates by 1.5 games for a trip to the World Series. 

It is the Cubs 20th win out of 23 games and the one run Lee gave up is only the 4th run he has given up in September.  Lee will finish 2nd in the MVP voting behind Ernie Lombardi.  Lee would have likely won the Cy Young Award, but MLB did not give up the award until 1956. 

 

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June 18, 1939
Bill Lee completes Cubs DH sweep giving up just one run in a 9-1 Cubs victory over Dodgers &shortstop, Leo Durocher. 

July 7, 1939
Bill Lee pitches 11 innings to earn the win as the Cubs defeat the Pirates 5-4 at Forbes Field.  Billy Herman's sacrifice fly scoring Stan Hack is the game-winner.


August 19, 1939
At Forbes Field, Bill Lee pitches a 6-hit complete game shutout as the Cubs defeat the Pirates 5-0. 


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July 2, 1940
At Wrigley Field, the Cubs defeat the Pirates 10-0.  Bill Lee pitches a 5-hit complete game shutout.  

September 25, 1940
At Wrigley Field, the Cubs get a walk-off victory, 2-1 over the Pirates.  Bill Lee pitches all 11 innings, giving up just 6 hits and one run.  

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May 7, 1941
Bill Lee, Cubs pitcher hits 2 HR's in a 11-2 win over the Phillies. Lee does not hit another HR for the rest of his career through 1947

May 12, 1941
At Crosley Field, the Cubs defeat the Reds 12-1.  Bill Lee pitches a complete game to earn the victory.  Both Stan Hack and Lou Stringer score 4 runs.  Dom Dellessandro drives in 3 runs and Bill Nicholson drives in 4. 

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April 17, 1942
At Wrigley Field, the Cubs defeat the Reds, 3-2.  Bill Lee scatters 10 hits for a complete game victory. 

April 23, 1942
At Wrigley Field, the Cubs defeat the Cardinals 2-1 behind a complete game by Bill Lee.  Lou Novikoff's 6th inning home run is the game-winner. 

May 24, 1942
In the 1st game of a doubleheader, the Cubs defeat the Pirates 7-5 in 10 innings.  Pitcher, Bill Lee drives in 2 runs and earns the win pitching all 11 innings.  Bill Nicholson scores on a wild pitch in the 10th and Peanuts Lowrey's RBI single adds an insurance run. 

May 28, 1942
4 days after pitching 10 innings, Bill Lee pitches all 12 innings and gets the walk-off RBI, driving in Peanuts Lowrey with a sacrifice fly.  Cubs defeat Reds 2-1 at Wrigley Field. 

August 8, 1942
At Crosly Field, the Cubs defeat the Reds 3-0 as Bill Lee pitches a 5-hit complete game shutout. 

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