Thornton "Lefty" Lee is a legend in Cal Poly athletic history. As a pitcher, he set a Cal Poly record with 19 strikeouts in one game against San Jose State. He was successful in the minor leagues before moving to major league play.
During his 16 years in the major leagues, he played for Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Soxs and New York Giants. He was an All-Star team selection in 1941 and 1945. Lee compiled a 117-124 career record with a 3.56 ERA and 155 complete games, including 30 in the 1941 season. His ERA of 2.37 in 1941 was the best in the majors.
Following his retirement from pitching, he served as a scout for the Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, and St. Louis Cardinals. He is a member of the Arizona Hall of Fame.