Chet Lemon was a first round draft pick for the Oakland A’s in 1972. He made his major league debut at age 19 with the Chicago White Sox in 1975. In 1976, he was a Topps Rookie All-Star. In 1977, he set a major league record by recording 524 chances and 512 putouts which still stands today. In 1978 and 1979, he was selected as an American League All-Star. After the 1981 season, he was traded to the Detroit Tigers. In 1982, he was awarded the longest guaranteed contract in Major League Baseball, he was signed for 10 years. In 1984 he was selected to start in the American League All-Star Game, and that same year the Detroit Tigers won the World Series.
In 1991, he was diagnosed with a career ending blood clot and he retired to Florida. He was nominated to be placed on the Hall of Fame Ballot in 1996.
In 1992, he opened Chet Lemon's School of Baseball. Over the last 30 years, Chet Lemon has trained and developed countless baseball players who are now playing in the Major Leagues or in College. Learn more about the players in Chet Lemon's program by visiting his elite team by clicking here.