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Jim LemonJames Robert LemonBorn: March 23, 1928 in Covington, Va.Died: May 14, 2006 in Brandon, Miss.Debut: 1950 | Pos: OFH: 6’4″ | W: 200 | B: R | T: RYr G AB R H HR RBI SB BA12 1010 3445 446 901 164 529 13 .262MANAGING CAREERYRWLPCT19686996.404>> Visit the Jim Lemon biography on Baseball Almanac for complete statistics.Jim Lemon, an outfielder who hit 164 home runs in the major leagues, died on May 14, 2006 in Brandon, Miss. He was 78.Career highlights> All-Star in 1960> Led the league with 11 triples in 1956> Hit 38 home runs in 1960> Drove in 100 runs in 1959 and 1960Lemon hit .262 in his career with 164 home runs and 529 RBI. As a manager, he was 65-96.He made his debut with the Cleveland Indians in 1950, but was out of baseball in 1951 and 1952 to serve in the Korean War.In 1955, he hit four home runs in the Southern Association’s All-Star Game.On August 31, 1954, he became the first Senator to hit three consecutive home runs. President Eisenhower was in attendance for the game. All of his home runs came off Whitey Ford and, despite Lemon’s heroics, the Senators lost the game to the Yankees.On Sept. 5, 1959, he hit two home runs and drove in six runs in an inning.He did have some lowlights in his career. Lemon had a tendency to strikeout and in 1956, he set a record with 138 strikeouts. He led the league in strikeouts from 1956 to 1958.He coached the Twins from 1965 to 1967. In Nov. 1967, the Mets sent a pitcher (Bill Denehy) and cash to the Senators for Manager Gil Hodges. Lemon was named to serve as the manger for the next season and Washington finished with the worst record in the majors. In 1969, he was replaced as manager of the Senators by Ted Williams. Lemon continued to work as a batting coach.