Monday, January 11, 2010

#127 Frank Lary

#127 Frank Lary
Moving along to another trade from February 2009, this is the first of an assortment of cards from Kris of Aardvark Trading Co., a.k.a. Cards in the Attic. He is also working on the 1965 Topps set, so I sent him doubles of the Bill Mazeroski, Steve Blass, and Dick Stigman cards. We got together on a second trade in April, with results being posted here...soonish. Thanks, Kris!

Fun facts about Frank Lary:

-Hailing from Northport, AL, Frank signed with the Tigers in 1950 at age 20.

-His brother Al Lary pitched a game for the Cubs in 1954...and 15 more games for them eight years later! That was the sum total of his major league experience.

-Debuted with Detroit in 1954 after missing two years due to military service. Pitched well in three appearances and carried it over into the next season, when he went 14-15 despite a 3.10 ERA, 16 complete games, and league-low 0.4 home runs allowed per nine innings.

-Announced his presence in 1956 by leading the league with 294 innings pitched and 21 wins (against 13 losses), complemented by a 3.15 ERA and 20 complete games.

-Was known by several colorful nicknames: "Mule", "Taters", and most notably, "The Yankee Killer". In his career, he was a robust 28-13 with a 3.32 ERA against the Bronx Bombers, and completed 24 of his 49 starts against them. In 1958, he went 7-0 against the eventual World Champs. His career high in wins against a non-Yankee club was 18 vs. the Senators/Twins.

-Was easily the most dependable Motown starting pitcher from 1955-1961, thrice leading the A.L. in complete games and topping the circuit three times in innings pitched. He was also a two-time All-Star.

-His finest year was 1961, when he went 23-9 with a 3.24 ERA in an offense-slanted expansion season. He completed 22 of 36 starts, compiled a 1.16 WHIP, received an All-Star nod, and won his only career Gold Glove for good measure.

-Frank's heavy workload caught up to him, as he failed to exceed 107.1 innings in any of his final four seasons in the majors. During that time, he bounced from Detroit to the Mets to the Braves to the Mets again to the White Sox.

-He ended his career with 128 wins and 116 losses in parts of 12 seasons with a 3.49 ERA. He tossed 126 complete games in 292 starts.

-After hanging up his spikes, Lary worked for several teams as a coach and scout.
#127 Frank Lary (back)


  1. back-to-back "guys with two first names" who's next, Joey Jay?

  2. Max - Sadly, no. But the trend WILL continue, because next is...

    Julian Javier. Too weird!

  3. The greatest baseball name of all-time didn't belong to a baseball player but to former U.N.Secretary Javier Perez DeCuellar!