Les Cain

Les Cain
Born: (1948-01-13) January 13, 1948
San Luis Obispo, California
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 28, 1968, for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
May 28, 1972, for the Detroit Tigers
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 23–19
Earned run average 3.98
Strikeouts 303

Leslie Cain (born January 13, 1948) is an American former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Detroit Tigers. He batted and threw left-handed. In a four-season career, Cain posted a 23–19 record with 303 strikeouts and a 3.98 earned run average (ERA) in 373 innings.[1] Cain was a promising pitcher who had his career cut short by an arm injury.

Baseball career

In his 1968 rookie season with the Detroit Tigers, he went 1–0 with a 3.00 earned run average (ERA) in eight appearances, including four starts,[1] but he was out the following season after developing arm problems.

In 1970 Cain recorded 12 victories and 156 strikeouts in 18023 innings pitched, and finished 1971 with a 10–9 mark in 145 innings.[1]

On August 28, 1971, Cain hit the last home run by a Tigers pitcher before the American League adopted the designated hitter rule in 1973. A Tiger pitcher did not hit a home run again until 2005.[2]

Workman's compensation case

Cain contended he was forced to pitch by Detroit manager Billy Martin while he had a sore arm. Cain later claimed that it did permanent damage to his arm and he sued the Tigers. In a landmark decision, the Michigan Bureau of Workman's Compensation[2][3] ordered the Tigers to pay Cain $111 a week for the rest of his life.[2]

Personal life

Cain married Vera Nell Washington in 1968.[2] He has a son, Brian Earl Cain, and a grandson, Brian Earl Cain, Jr.[2]


  1. 1 2 3 "Les Cain". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved June 10, 2011.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 Borawski, Brian (2008). "Les Cain". SABR Baseball Biography Project. Retrieved June 10, 2011.
  3. Voigt, David Quentin (1983). American Baseball: From Postwar Expansion to the Electronic Age. Penn State Press. p. 263. ISBN 978-0-271-00332-0.

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