Memphis baseball star Charlie Lea dies

(WMC-TV) - Memphis baseball all-star Charlie Lea died Friday.

Lea began his career in Memphis, playing in the Southern League Championship for the Memphis Chicks and being selected as an all-star in 1979 and 1980.

Lea went on to be a starting pitcher for the Montreal Expos and Minnesota Twins.

A graduate of Kingsbury High School and then Memphis State University, Lea was also a member of the Memphis Redbirds radio team.

Lea reportedly died of a heart attack.  He was 54 years old.

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