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Lerrin LaGrow – 1973 Topps #369

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ImageLerrin Harris LaGrow (born July 8, 1948) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played 10 seasons in the major leagues with the Detroit Tigers (1970, 1972–1975), St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Philadelphia Phillies. In 1972, LaGrow had a 1.32 earned run average in 16 games. He also pitched 1 scoreless inning in Game 2 of the 1972 American League Championship Series against the Oakland Athletics. LaGrow’s single inning led to one of the most memorable moments of the 1972 ALCS. In the bottom of the 7th inning, Bert Campaneris came to bat, having had 3 hits, 2 runs scored, and 2 stolen bases in his first 3 at bats in the game. LaGrow’s first pitch hit Campaneris in the ankle. Campaneris staggered for a moment,Image glared at LaGrow and then flung his bat toward LaGrow. The bat spiraled at LaGrow five feet off the ground, but LaGrow ducked, and the bat narrowly missed LaGrow, landing a few feet behind the mound. A bench-clearing brawl ensued, and Tigers manager Billy Martin had to be restrained by umpires and teammates to prevent him from going after Campaneris. Both LaGrow and Campaneries were suspended for the rest of the ALCS.
In 10 seasons he had a 34–55 Win-Loss record in 309 games, with 19 complete games, 2 shutouts, 140 games finished, 54 saves, 779 innings pitched, 814 hits allowed, 74 home runs allowed, 312 walks allowed, 375 strikeouts, a 4.11 ERA and a 1.445 WHIP.

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