* Johnny Allen 1977
Major league pitcher. Born 1905 in Lenoir. Raised in the Baptist Orphanage in Thomasville. Went 17-4 as a rookie for New York Yankees in 1932. Won 20 games for Cleveland in 1936. In 1937 compiled a 15-1 record for Cleveland, losing the season finale 1-0. His .938 winning percentage is the second-best single-season mark in major league history for pitchers with at least 15 decisions. Sporting News named him AL Player of the Year in 1937. Allen was hot tempered and constantly involved in rhubarbs with umpires, opposition, and occasionally teammates. A sore arm ended his major league career in 1944 with a record of 142-75. Died 1959.