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Retired Pitcher for the New York Yankees

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Sparky Lyle Biography

Sparky Lyle was born July 22, 1944 and is an American former left-handed relief pitcher in Major League Baseball. He was born in DuBois, Pennsylvania.

Lyle was first signed as an amateur free agent by the Baltimore Orioles on June 17, 1964; however, he never played a game for the Orioles. On November 30 of the same year, he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox from the Orioles. He first joined the Red Sox as a player on July 4, 1967, during their Impossible Dream season. By the 1969 season, he would emerge as the Red Sox' top reliever. On March 22, 1972, he was traded to the New York Yankees in exchange for first baseman Danny Cater and a player to be named later (Mario Guerrero).

In 1977 became the first AL reliever ever to win the Cy Young Award. He was named an American League All-Star in 1973, 1976 and 1977. In 1976, he broke Hoyt Wilhelm's American League record of 154 career saves, and the following year eclipsed Perranoski's major league mark for left-handers of 179 career saves.

His last game was played on September 27 of that season for the White Sox, who released him on October 12. Lyle finished his 16-year career with 238 saves, a 2.88 ERA, and a record of 99-76 in 899 games pitched all in relief. In 1985, Fingers broke his American League record for career saves; and in 1991 Righetti surpassed Lyle's major-league record for career saves by a left-hander, though Lyle still holds the AL mark of 232.

In 1998, he became the manager of the Somerset Patriots, a minor league team based in Bridgewater, New Jersey. He managed the team to Atlantic League pennants in 2001, 2003 and 2005. He remains the only manager in club history.



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Former MLB Star Sparky Lyle Named Guest Speaker at the 80th Annual Hot Stove League Baseball Dinner

Posted on 25 February 2016 | 5:08 am

Albert “Sparky” Lyle is scheduled to be the special guest speaker at the 80th Annual Hot Stove League Baseball Dinner happening on February 21st in the Gran Centurions banquet hall in New Jersey. Tickets to the dinner are $50 per person and can be purchased in advance by going to the UCBA NJ website. This Read More

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