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Dennis Leonard
Born: May 8, 1951 (1951-05-08) (age 58)
Brooklyn, New York
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
September 4, 1974 for the Kansas City Royals
Last MLB appearance
September 27, 1986 for the Kansas City Royals
Career statistics
Win-Loss record     144-106
Earned run average     3.70
Strikeouts     1,323
Career highlights and awards

Dennis Patrick Leonard (born May 8, 1951 in Brooklyn, New York) was one of the Kansas City Royals' most dominating pitchers of the late '70s and early '80s, but a promising career cut short due to injuries. In 1975, his first full year he managed to bust out with a 15-7 record. He would keep adding on to that with three 20 win seasons, but more impressive was the amount of games he started and finished. Despite his success in the regular season his post season record is less than impressive. He started 9 postseason games for the Royals between 1976 and 1981, but ended with a record of only 3-5, including a 1-1 record in the 1980 World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Towards the end of his career he missed most of the remaining seasons due to knee injuries. His final season was in 1986 where he ended up with a 8-13 record despite a strong showing. Besides his rookie season of 1974 this was the only time he had a losing record. At the end of the 1986 season he retired as a player.

See also

Preceded by
Jim Palmer
American League Wins Champion
(with Dave Goltz & Jim Palmer)
Succeeded by
Ron Guidry


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