Primary Position: Left field
First, Middle Names: Lee Currin
Date of Birth: Feb 23, 1890 Date and Place of Death: May 18, 1966, Raleigh, NC
Burial: Wake Forest Cemetery, Wake Forest, NC
High School: Horner Military School, Oxford
College: Wake Forest University, Wake Forest, NC; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Bats: R Throws: R Height and Weight: 6-0, 190
Debut Year: 1915 Final Year: 1917 Years Played: 2
Teams and Years: Cleveland Indians, 1915; Philadelphia Athletics, 1917
G AB H R RBI HR BA. OBP. SLG. WAR
19 61 18 4 8 1 .295 .338 .377 0.2
Lee Gooch was worried. Wake Forest College invited him to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in 1960 to manage a team of baseball alumni against the varsity squad. It was the school’s way to honor one of its most-illustrious coaches, the skipper who had won more than 60 games in two glorious seasons, coming just shy of a national baseball championship. He had made the little Baptist school, then still in its hometown of Wake Forest, North Carolina, the talk of the state.
But it was only two seasons more than a decade earlier and Gooch, 70, wondered whether anyone would remember or care. He had arrived early at Ernie Shore Field and fretted, nervously chain smoking while pacing the dugout as the stadium slowly filled.