Les Fleming

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Les Fleming
First baseman/Outfielder
Born: (1915-08-07)August 7, 1915
Singleton, Texas
Died: March 5, 1980(1980-03-05) (aged 64)
Cleveland, Texas
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 22, 1939, for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
June 9, 1949, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
Batting average.277
Home runs29
Runs batted in199

Leslie Harvey Fleming (August 7, 1915 – March 5, 1980) was an American Major League Baseball first baseman who played for seven seasons. He played for the Detroit Tigers in 1939, the Cleveland Indians from 1941 to 1942 and from 1945 to 1947, and the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1949.

As a member of the Indians during the 1947 season, Fleming became a teammate of Larry Doby when Doby broke the color barrier in the American League on July 5, 1947. On that same day the Indians were in Chicago preparing for a match-up against the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park. Fleming was one of the Indians who turned his back to Doby when player-manager Lou Boudreau introduced Doby to his new Indians teammates in the clubhouse before the game.[1]


  1. ^ Tygiel, Jules (27 June 1983). "Those Who Came After". SI.com. SportsIllustrated.CNN.com. Retrieved 1 August 2012.

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