Born in Wales, Lewis signed with the Boston Nationals in 1896 after graduating from
Williams College. He won 21 games that season and went 26-8 in 1897, both pennant-winning
years for Boston. On June 22, 1898 he won a marathon game in relief and did not walk
a batter in 13-2/3 innings. He continued his education during the off-season and
coached baseball at Harvard, 1897-1901. After the 1901 season, he retired from baseball
to teach full-time at Columbia and later at Williams. He became a prominent educator,
eventually serving as president of Massachusetts State College, 1926-27, and the
University of New Hampshire from 1927 until his death.