Do You Know Who This Guy Is?
August 2, 2013 • 242 views
You better know who this guy is because he’s perhaps the most celebrated player to ever come out of the Mid Valley News area. Fred Lynn was a star athlete and dominant baseball player at El Monte High School (Class of 1970). A star at USC, and in 1975 was the American League Rookie of the Year, the Most Valuable Player, and played for the Boston Red Sox against the Cincinnati Reds in one of the greatest World Series ever.
On this date in 1979 Lynn homered for the Red Sox in the first game of a double header against the Cleveland Indians. The Tribe would win both games, but Lynn would go on to have his greatest season; hitting .333 with 39 home runs, and 122 runs batted in.
For his career Lynn hit 306 home runs, drove in 1,111 runs, and collected 1,960 hits.
He was a nine time All-Star, one four gold gloves, was the American League Championship Series MVP in 1982, and the All-Star game MVP in 1983.
We probably need two weeks to talk about all Lynn accomplished.