Larry French

Larry French
Born: (1907-11-01)November 1, 1907
Visalia, California
Died: February 9, 1987(1987-02-09) (aged 79)
San Diego, California
Batted: Right Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 18, 1929, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
September 26, 1942, for the Brooklyn Dodgers
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 197–171
Earned run average 3.44
Strikeouts 1,187
Career highlights and awards

Lawrence Herbert French (November 1, 1907 – February 9, 1987) was a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1929–1934), Chicago Cubs (1935–1941) and Brooklyn Dodgers (1941). A knuckleball specialist, French batted right-handed and threw left-handed. He was born in Visalia, California.

One author has described French as the best pitcher not in the Baseball Hall of Fame.[1] In a 14-season career, French posted a 197–171 record with 1,187 strikeouts and a 3.44 ERA in 3,152.0 innings pitched, including 40 shutouts and 198 complete games.

French joined the United States Navy after the Dodgers and became a career sailor, retiring in 1969 with the rank of Captain.[1] He died in San Diego, California, at age 79.

1933 "shower game"

With his team leading the Boston Braves 8-0 in the ninth inning during their game on the 12th of July, reliever French figured he could duck out of the bullpen and hit the showers early. Little did he know as he was getting clean that the Braves had rallied to make the score 8-7. When the call came for French to pitch, he didn't even have time to rinse off. He put on his uniform and hustled out to the mound with soap trickling down his neck.[2]

Post-season appearances



  1. 1 2 Bullock, Steven R. (2004). Playing for Their Nation: Baseball and the American Military during World War II. University of Nebraska Press. pp. 136–137. ISBN 0-8032-1337-9.
  2. Fulton, Bob (1999). Pirates treasures : facts · feats · firsts in Pittsburgh Pirates History. [Pittsburgh?]: Golden Goose Enterprises, Inc. p. 172. ISBN 9780967571508.

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