Loren Bain

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Minnesota native Loren Bain spent seven seasons in professional baseball. Six of those were in the minors, from 1940 to 1948, and a short stint came in the major leagues in 1945. During his minor league run, the right-hander pitched his way to three double-digit winning years.

Bain got his lone chance at major league hitters in 1945 with the New York Giants, making his debut on June 23, 1945. He appeared in 3 games during the next several days, pitching 8 innings and giving up 7 runs for a 7.88 ERA. His final appearance came on July 4. Loren was out of baseball for the rest of the '45 season and also the '46 and '47 years.

In his first season in the minors with the LaCrosse Blackhawks of the Class D Wisconsin State League, he had a 10-4 record and a 3.25 ERA. Bain would come right back in 1941 with a 15-8 year with a 3.06 ERA for the Eau Claire Bears of the Class C Northern League. Loren would step up to AA ball (then the highest tier of the minors) in 1944 with the Minneapolis Millers of the American Association and was 11-17 with his highest ERA in the minors at 5.44. Loren made an attempt at a comeback during the 1948 season with the Richmond Colts of the Class B Piedmont League. The 25-year-old went 6-8 with a 3.37 ERA in 18 appearances, the final of his career. During his minor league run, he chalked up a 59-56 record and a 3.93 ERA while appearing in 173 games.

After baseball, he worked for the Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Minneapolis, MN for 25 years, retiring to Chetek, WI in 1978. He passed away at the Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake, WI on November 24, 1996 at 74.

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