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Emil "Dutch" Leonard


The short bio from the Helmar-R319 card back: If it seems that “Dutch” has been around forever, it is because he has. He started his career back in 1930 with the Canton Terriers of the Central League. By 1933 he had clawed his way up to the big leagues with the Brooklyn club. He first made a name for himself the following year by going 14-11. Like the knuckleball that he’s mastered, he has sort of floated around the league ever since. His best year so far was in 1939 when he won 20 against 8 for Washington. But the next year he dropped 19. In Chicago he’s getting lots of work in the middle innings and still confusing hitters with the knuckler. He says the pitch is easy on the arm and that is why he likes it.

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