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Les Rohr
Born: (1946-03-05)March 5, 1946
Lowestoft, Suffolk, England
Died: November 6, 2020(2020-11-06) (aged 74)
Billings, Montana
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 19, 1967, for the New York Mets
Last MLB appearance
September 19, 1969, for the New York Mets
MLB statistics
Win–loss record2–3
Earned run average3.70

Leslie Norvin Rohr (March 5, 1946 – November 6, 2020) was a British-born American baseball player for the New York Mets in the late 1960s. He was born in Lowestoft, England, where his father was serving with the United States Air Force; his mother was British.[1] Six months later he moved to Billings, Montana, with his family, where he grew up, attended high school, and lived.[2]

Rohr, a left-handed pitcher listed as 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m) tall and 205 pounds (93 kg), was selected by the Mets in the first round (second pick overall) of the 1965 Major League Baseball Draft. Rohr played in the minor leagues until being called up to play for the Mets near the end of the 1967 season.

Rohr's first game was on September 19, 1967; starting against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Shea Stadium, he went six full innings and allowed only three runs, one of which was unearned, and was credited with the 6–3 victory. Eleven days later, he was even more effective, going eight shutout innings against Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium and gaining a 5–0 victory in which he defeated future Baseball Hall of Famer Don Drysdale.[3] His last game was on September 19, 1969.[4][5] He stayed with New York Mets for his entire career. In six games, four as a starting pitcher, he compiled a 2–3 won–lost record, no complete games, and an earned run average of 3.70. In 2413 innings pitched, he allowed 27 hits and 17 bases on balls, striking out 20.

The beginning of the end of Rohr's career came early the 1968 season in the final innings of a 24-inning game against the Houston Astros. Entering the April 15th game as a relief pitcher in the 22nd inning and pitching through the 24th inning, he pulled a tendon in his pitching arm.[2] After absorbing a 3–2 loss in his third career start against the Dodgers on April 21, he spent the remainder of the season on the disabled list or back in the minor leagues. Rohr made only one more appearance on the mound for the Mets, as a relief pitcher against the Pittsburgh Pirates late in 1969. The following year, which he spent in the high minors, Rohr was unconditionally released by the Mets when a routine physical discovered a ruptured disc in his lower back, scuttling a proposed trade to the Milwaukee Brewers.[6]

Rohr died in November 2020 at the age of 74.[7]

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  1. ^ Springer, Jon, Les Rohr,Society for American Baseball Research Biography Project
  2. ^ a b Girandola, Chris (June 7, 2006). "Injuries curtailed Rohr's big-league stint". New York Mets. Major League Baseball. Retrieved August 21, 2011.
  3. ^ Retrosheet box score (30 September 1967): "New York Mets 5, Los Angeles Dodgers 0"
  4. ^ Ultimate Mets Database
  5. ^ "Les Rohr". Baseball Reference. Retrieved July 31, 2011.
  6. ^ Official Site of The New York Mets
  7. ^ 1969 'Miracle Mets' pitcher Les Rohr of Billings dies at 74

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