Born: January 13, 1948|
San Luis Obispo, California
|April 28, 1968, for the Detroit Tigers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 28, 1972, for the Detroit Tigers|
|Earned run average||3.98|
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. Cain was a promising pitcher who had his career cut short by an arm injury.
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, but he was out the following season after developing arm problems.
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 ordered the Tigers to pay Cain $111 a week for the rest of his life.