Larry French

Pitcher, Baseball Player

1907 – 1987

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Who was Larry French?

Lawrence Herbert French was a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs and Brooklyn Dodgers. 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. In a 14-season career, French posted a 191–171 record with 1187 strikeouts and a 3.44 ERA in 3152.0 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. He died in San Diego, California, at age 79.

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Born
Nov 1, 1907
Visalia
Profession
Lived in
  • Visalia
Died
Feb 9, 1987
San Diego

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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