Lamb, Todd (2001)
The 70's were spectacular! Titles in State Little League, 1974, Senior Little League, 1976, and New England Senior Little league, 1976.
Let's fast-forward to 1980 and Todd's senior year at Cape Elizabeth. Although ne was a three-sport letterman - baseball, soccer, and basketball - there was never a doubt he would specialize on the diamond. The word was out. Steve Blass, Pittsburgh Pirate ace, was an uncle by marriage, John Lamb, also a Pirate, was another uncle and Art Lamb, Todd's dad, was reported to have the best arm of all. Rarely did Cape play in 1980 without a scout or two in attendance. Rumors had it Todd was "bringing it" at 91 mph - with a sharp, nasty curve breaking down.
Todd's line 1n 1980 read 9-1, ERA 1.05, 113 K’s in 60 innings. His final game - the State Final - was an unforgettable performance against the Foxcroft Academy Ponies. After retiring the first 20 batters, he nicked the to spoil a perfect game, finishing the day with a 2-0 no-hitter and 17 Ks.
Attention turned to the major league free agent draft and Todd was a 17th round choice of the New York Yankees. But Duke University and the University of Maine were other courters. Ironically, John Winkin (HoEF '75), the stellar UMO mentor, was a Duke alumnus. Reportedly the Yankees offered $40,000 and the Duke Blue Devils a full scholarship. Mother, Susanne, and Dad supported Todd's decision to take college first. He was enticed by the Duke campus and the Carolina climate.
But there was still another Maine season to remember - the American Legion season for the Griffin Cluk under Coach Al Bean (HoF ‘97). And what a season! 8-1, ERA 0.87, 91 SO 1n 56 innings and another State Title.
At Duke, freshman Lamb posted a 6-2, 2.20 ERA and was an Atlantic Coast Conference All-Star choice. It was Duke’s best season in 20 years and Todd was labeled "the match that lit the Devils’ fire”.
In 1981 he toured the Orient and Canada with a College All-Star squad, prepping for the 1984 Olympics. He went 6-1 for the National Baseball Team that won the World Games and the Intercontinental Cup at Edmonton, Canada.
in 1962 he helped Chatham win the Cape Cod League. He signed with the Atlanta Braves organization in 1983 and played with the Single A Durham Bulls and the AA Greenville Braves. Among his memoirs are a hard luck loss to Kevin Brown in the Carolina League playoffs, after taking a no hitter into the 4th and an array of Durham teammates including Jeff Blauser, Kon Gant, Dave Justice and Paul Assenmacher.
After 3 1/2 years of pro ball, Todd returned to Duke and got his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business in 1989. He works with Russell Athletics sports apparel and resides in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with wife, Laurie and two sons and two daughters.
“He was a real gentleman, a real team player and a great competitor. - Al Bean
From The Baseball Cube
Positions P-115 Position when Drafted Player Listed Under Minors Leaguers
Proper Name Todd Richard Lamb
Height 5-11 Weight 185 Bats Right Throws Right
Born Date July 4,1962 Place New York,New York
High School Cape Elizabeth (Cape Elizabeth,ME)
College Duke University (Durham,NC)
Drafted Selected by the Atlanta Braves [Team Picks] in the 10th round (256th overall) of the 1983 Amateur Entry Draft [Signed] ... Selected by the New York Yankees [Team Picks] in the 18th round (464th overall) of the 1980 Amateur Entry Draft
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