Lee Iorg Athlete Profile

#15 Lee Iorg

Lee Iorg
Position: Outfielder Height: 6-1 Weight: 170 Roster Years: 1971-1974 Hometown: Blue Lake, CA Hall of Fame: 1986 Last School: Arcata High School

  • 1986 Baseball




All-America

  • 1974 First Team

1986 Hall of Fame Inductee

Former center fielder for BYU's "Diamondcats," baseball great Lee Iorg now joins his older brother, Dane, another member of the Athletic Hall of Fame.

Baseball was practically a way of life for Iorg, who spent over twenty years in the sport, from little league to the National League (N.Y. Mets).

Voted All-Region in high school in football, basketball, and baseball, Iorg came to BYU in 1971, and was subsequently named to the District 7 All-Star team in 1972, 1973, 1974. Co-captain of the BYU team, the ace center fielder was named All-WAC in 1972, 1973, and 1974, and All-American in 1974.

Iorg had a unique career at BYU because he started all four of his years on the baseball team. He also set or tied thirteen individual career records by the time he graduated, as well as tying a WAC record with three home runs in a single game.

In November, 1972, Iorg played on the U.S. Amateur Baseball Team, sponsored by the U.S. Baseball Federation, in the World Olympic Baseball Tournament in Nicaragua. There, the U.S. team came in second, losing to Cuba on a 10th inning homerun.

Between his sophomore and junior years at BYU, Iorg played for the Alaska Goldpanners, leading the team to victory at the National Semi-Pro Championships in 1973, where he had a .500 average and was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

Glen Tuckett, former Cougar baseball coach, once said of Iorg, "He's a very coachable individual. He helps the whole team, not only with his playing, but with his attitude."

Personal

  • His older brother, Dane, is also a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame and also played baseball

Career Highlights

  • All-American his senior year
  • All-District 7 his sophomore, junior and senior seasons
  • Three-time All-WAC performer
  • Started all four years 
  • Set or tied thirteen individual records by the time he graduated
  • Tied a WAC record with three home runs in a single game
  • Played on the U.S. Amateur Baseball Team in the World Olympic Baseball Tournament in Nicaragua

Before BYU

  • Voted All-Region in high school in football, basketball, and baseball at Arcata High
  • Earned a total of seven letters
  • All-Humboldt-Del Norte League selection three times in baseball and once in football

After BYU

  • Drafted by the New York Mets
  • Played in the minor league system from 1974-1977

Post BYU Honors and Societies

  • Inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame in 1986

Stats

Year    Avg.   G   AB    R    H   2B   3B   HR   RBI    TB   BB   SO  SB
1971   .297   46  165   26   49    6    3    5    35    76   13   25   5
1972   .295   47  166   30   49   12    4    4    19    81   24   36   2
1973   .330   39  133   35   44    7    2    7    40    68   25   14   4
1974   .357   46  185   49   66   19    3    8    56   113   17   12  15


1972 | Sophomore Year

  • All-District 7
  • All-Western Athletic Conference
  • Played for the Alaska Goldpanners, leading the team to victory at the National Semi-Pro Championships in 1973, where he had a .500 average and was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament

1973 | Junior Year

  • All-District 7
  • All-Western Athletic Conference

1974 | Senior Year

  • All-American
  • All-District 7
  • All-Western Athletic Conference
  • Team co-captain
  • Set or tied thirteen individual career records
  • Tied a WAC record with three home runs in a game
  • Played on the U.S. Amateur Baseball Team, sponsored by the U.S. Baseball Federation, in the World Olympic Baseball Tournament in Nicaragua