The Sox have never been short on pitching during their existence, however when it comes to single-seasons you can argue that Jim Lonborg had one of the best during the 1967 dream-team run. Born April 16, 1972 in Santa Maria CA made his claim to fame playing alongside Carl Yastrzemski and Co. in ’67.
The right hander, known as “Gentleman Jim” due to his fearlessness for pitching on the inner half of the plate, was also quite the scholar having graduated from Stanford University before being drafted into the majors. Lonborg broke into the bigs with the Boston Red Sox in 1965 going 9-17 with a 4.45 ERA his rookie year. He grew progressively stronger with each year though winning an impressive 22 games that season with an ERA of 3.16 logging 273 innings in 1967 along with the AL Cy Young.
It was that year that the Sox would make their incredible playoff run before losing in the World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals–it was Lonborg who took the Game 7 loss that handed St. Louis an easy 7-2 victory. Check out his career totals though, for a while Lonborg was pretty damn good:
Except when he posted a negative WAR…
Unfortunately for Lonborg the promising start to his career took an abrupt end that year as he blew out his knee while skiing in the offseason. While the former Cy Young winner was never quite the same later on with the Philadelphia Phillies winning 10+ games four times while in Philly, and even reaching the 18 mark one year.
Gentleman Jim decided to call it quits though in 1979 after 15 long (and oft-injured) seasons in the bigs. After baseball Lonborg went back to school where he got a degree in dentistry from Tufts University, where he continues in Hanover MA to this day.