Sport: A Money Pitcher Comes Back

Dennis Leonard is the most remarkable righthander of two eras

If he never started another game, and for the past three seasons that seemed more than probable, Dennis Leonard would already be the most remarkable pitcher of the past twelve years. From 1975 through 1982, only Steve Carlton won more frequently, though only Kansas City appeared to notice. Thrice a 20-game winner for the Royals, Leonard was the most bankable starter in the American League, the most successful righthander in baseball.

But because he habitually began his seasons at about the same speed as the news departs Missouri, Leonard was never called to any All-Star games. Away at his quickest pace...

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