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Jim Lonborg

Jim Lonborg

In 1965 the Red Sox promoted Jim Lonborg from Triple A to Boston to protect him from the draft. A year earlier they did the same with Tony Conigliaro. These two players benefited from the early look they got and were key players in 1967, when Lonborg won 22 games and had a career year. Perhaps no other team was helped more by the First-Year Player Draft than the 1967 Sox, who used it to obtain regulars Reggie Smith and Joe Foy and pitchers Bill Rohr and Sparky Lyle. After 1964, the owners had jettisoned the existing First-Year Player Draft and instituted the Rule 5 draft, which enabled a club to draft from another organization any minor leaguer who had been selected in the amateur draft, was not on the 40-man roster of an MLB club, and had played two seasons in professional ball. (NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME LIBRARY, COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.)

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