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unLucky Larry

Posted at 11:37 AM on June 30, 2005 by David Zingler (1 Comments)

Yesterday marked the 100th anniversary of Archibald “Moonlight” Graham’s one inning major league stint. Graham, of course, was made famous by his depiction in movie Field of Dreams (which in my book is highly overrated). Although the former Chisholm, MN resident appeared in just a single inning and never batted, former Astros hurler Larry Yount did him one better.

Yount was called out of the bullpen to start 9th inning of the Astros/Braves game on September 15, 1971. Set to make his major league debut, he was announced as the Astros new pitcher and took the mound for warm up tosses. Suddenly however, the right-hander felt pain in his throwing elbow and could not continue. He was removed without throwing a pitch.

Although he remained in pro baseball until 1976, compiling a 33-58 in eight minor league seasons, Yount never received another call up to the big leagues. His little brother Robin meanwhile, made his big league debut with Milwaukee in 1974. He, of course, managed to stick around for 20 years and pound out 3,142 hits.

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Just for the record, I met Bob a couple of months ago, and he wasn’t that big of a jerk.


Comments (1)

anything with the name kinsella in it that much has to be overrated. it's a family trait.

ray kinsella: my name's ray kinsella. you used my father's name in one of your stories: john kinsella.
terence mann: you're seeing a whole team of psychiatrists, aren't you?

i have to agree with dave...bob is alright in my book.

Posted by kinsella | June 30, 2005 4:27 PM


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