Bob Lemon sought out his baseball journey as an everyday player in the Outfield, first debuting in 1941, playing five Games that year and another five in 1942 at the Major League level. During World War II, he joined the Military, missing three years but returned at age 25 and was set to become the starting Centerfielder. He got off to a great start, with a spectacular diving catch saving the win for the Indians. Despite this, the Indians had other ideas, as they needed pitching help and thought his past experience on the mound would serve the team better. They would be right.