Brooklyn Dodgers. Where are they now. Lee Pfund
Lee Pfund then
|Lee Pfund||10/10/1919||Oak Park, IL||14|
His full name is Le Roy Herbert Pfund.
1939 – 1941 Signed by the St. Louis Cardinal and sent to the Columbus, Ohio and Mobile, Alabama farm teams. Played in the minor leagues for three seasons while teaching junior high and coaching during the off season.
1941 Broke into professional baseball in the Georgia/Florida League
1942 – 1943 During off season taught math at Longfellow Junior High School and coached grade school baseball teams
On November 1, 1944 he was drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers from the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1944 rule 5 draft, and played for the Dodgers in 1945.
Pfund made his debut against the New York Giants. Playing for Leo Durocher he had a very successful first season. While with the Dodgers, Lee chose not to play on Sundays, citing religious convictions. As a pitcher, it was easy for the team to adjust the rotation to comply with this request.
1945 Rather than play in Baseball All-Star game, Lee played in a Red Cross charity game
Pfund compiled a 3-2 record with 2 complete games in 10 starts over 621/3 innings pitched. Returning to the minors in 1946, the right-hander never returned to the big leagues and his pro career ended in 1950. A knee injury ended hsi career.
Pfund, a 1949 graduate of Wheaton College, his influence was dramatically more profound as a father, teacher and coach. Sons John, Kerry and Randy played basketball for him at Wheaton College, Randy becoming a longtime National Basketball Association executive and coach. All four men earned enshrinement in the Wheaton College’s Hall of Honor, Lee inducted in 1985.
From baseball reference:
Lee Pfund pitched for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1945, but is more famous as a baskeball coach. He compiled a 362-240 (.601) career record as head coach at Wheaton College from 1951-75. During his tenure as head basketball coach he won five conference championships and captured the 1956-57 Small College National Championship while guiding Wheaton to a 27-1 record.
His son Randy Pfund is general manager of the NBA basketball team the Miami Heat. His sons John and Kerry were basketball stars at Wheaton College.
Lee Pfund was an assistant football and basketball coach in 1943-44 for Wheaton College. A knee injury kept him out of the service during World War II, and he pitched for the Dodgers with a “no Sunday” contract.
Lee Pfund now
At Dodger Stadium August 3, 2012 with Maury Wills
Here is Mr. Pfund again
Baseball References, http://athletics.wheaton.edu/sports/2010/10/25/pfund. http://www.wheaton.lib.il.us/whc/Baseball_Greats_Players.htm, photos from Dodger Stadium from Jon SooHoo http://Dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com
The birth date for Lee Pfund is stated incorrectly in this article and other articles. It is 10/10/19. Please correct this error.
Phyllis Pfund Hiley, thank you so much for the correction. I really appreciated.
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Sad to hear that former pitcher Lee Pfund died Thursday June 2, 2016. My condolences to his family and friends. Wrote this in 2013, honoring Mr. pfund. Rest in peace sir.