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Charlie Lea: 1956-2011

Nov 12, 2011, 11:48 AM EDT

Charlie Lea AP

Some sad news to pass along out of Tennessee.

According to the Associated Press, Charlie Lea passed away yesterday at the age of 54. Collierville police chief Larry Goodwin told the Commercial Appeal that he died of a suspected heart attack.

Lea pitched seven seasons in the big leagues, six of them with the Expos, and finished his career with the Twins in 1988. The French-born right-hander went 62-48 with a 3.54 ERA in 152 career games.

Lea is probably best known for throwing a no-hitter against the Giants in the second game of a double-header on May 10, 1981. But he was actually one of the better starting pitchers in the National League for a brief stretch before shoulder problems derailed his career, even starting and winning the All-Star Game in the 1984.

Lea was still involved in baseball in recent years, doing radio play-by-play for the local Triple-A Memphis Redbirds. May he rest in peace.

  1. cur68 - Nov 12, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Happy trails, Mr. Lea. I used to like watching this guy pitch back in the day. In the short season (I think it was the baseball strike season) he had that no hitter. He was a pretty good pitcher and fun to watch.

    • missthemexpos - Nov 12, 2011 at 12:40 PM

      Hearing the news today brought back memories, Expos had some great teams during Charlies tenure with the team.

      • florida76 - Nov 12, 2011 at 9:15 PM

        Sad news about the passing of Charlie Lea today. But which great Expos teams are you referring to? Montreal only won a single division title during the entire franchise history as the Expos. The 1994 club had a tremendous record before that season was aborted, but we can only speculate what that team would have achieved. The 2001 Mariners and 2011 Phillies had great regular seasons, but came up short when it counted most.

  2. largebill - Nov 12, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Did he throw a no-hitter against the Dodgers or the Giants? Your post says Dodgers, but article you linked says Giants.

    • D.J. Short - Nov 12, 2011 at 12:15 PM

      You are correct. Thank you.

  3. purnellmeagrejr - Nov 12, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    I always thought he was a good pitcher – too bad his career (and life) couldn’t have been longer.

  4. cowboysoldiertx - Nov 12, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    So young to go. :-( God bless his family in their time of loss.

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