Philadelphia Daily News - January 14, 1980
When the Phillies released him last summer. Jim Lonborg was just waiting for the inevitable. And it wasn't long before he learned that he was no longer a Cy Young winner, but just another worn-out arm.
"I knew I would get released during the summer," Lonborg recalled. "I knew I didn't fit into their plans. I couldn’t really go to another ballclub because I wasn’t pitching and I wasn't in shape."
It was then that the articulate 35-year-old Lonborg realized the end of one career and the beginning of another. So he has gone back to school to become a dentist.
"It was difficult the first four weeks," said Lonborg, said the Stanford graduate who has enrolled at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. "I had to relearn my study habits, how to take notes, how to take tests. But I'm so strongly motivated it's really a joy."