Lenny Barker

Induction Year: 2001 Sport: Baseball

On May 15, 1981 he carved a special niche for himself in the history of Cleveland Indians baseball by pitching the 12the perfect game in major league history, handcuffing Toronto, 3-0, striking out 11 Blue Jays along the way. It was, however, far from the only highlight of his four-plus seasons with the Tribe. Twice in that period (1980 and 1981) he led American League pitchers in strikeouts. In 1982 he was second. He was named to the 1981 AL All-Star team, which was played in Cleveland, and pitched two hitless innings before an appreciative crowd of 72,086. His 56-49 record with the Indians included 19-12 (1980) and 15-11 (1982) seasons and earned him a place on the roster of the 100 Greatest Indians squad named in 2001 as part of the team’s 100th Anniversary celebration. His seasons with Cleveland were the finest of an 11-year major league career in which he won 74 games. Now in construction business, the native of Ft. Knox, KY, a star high school athlete at Neshaminy High School in Trevose, Pa., makes hos home in Auburn Township.