Former Wildcat Lesslie Inducted in Missouri Sports HOF

Nov. 7, 2014

K-State Athletics

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Former K-State baseball player Bob Lesslie was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday. Lesslie was one of 13 individuals to be inducted, as well as two teams, at the St. Charles Enshrinement held in St. Charles, Missouri.

Lesslie played one season for the Wildcats, earning All-Big 8 honors in 1972 after he finished the season 6-3 with a 3.30 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 10 appearances (eight starts). The St. Louis, Missouri native led K-State in wins, strikeouts, innings pitched and starts, while his 70 strikeouts at the time were the most by a Wildcat pitcher from 1960-1972.

Lesslie went on to be selected first overall by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the secondary phase of the 1972 MLB June Draft. It was the second time he was drafted as he was originally taken in the 22nd round of the 1971 MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates out of St. Louis Community College-Meramec.

The right-hander pitched professionally for six seasons, reaching as high as Triple-A with the Dodgers and California Angels organizations.

Prior to his time at K-State, Lesslie was an all-star for Lutheran South (MO) High School and all-conference selection at St. Louis Community College-Meramec. He helped STLCC-Meramec reach the JUCO national tournament in both 1970 and 1971.

Lesslie is currently the CEO of Lesslie Consulting, Inc., which is based in St. Louis.

The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, which opened in 1994, is located in Springfield, Missouri. For more information about the organization, visit www.mosportshalloffame.com.