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.
|Born: November 1, 1907|
|Died: February 9, 1987 (aged 79)|
San Diego, California
|April 18, 1929, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 26, 1942, for the Brooklyn Dodgers|
|Earned run average||3.44|
|Career highlights and awards|
One author has described French as the best pitcher not in the Baseball Hall of Fame. 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 had at least 10 starts and 5 games in relief for all 14 seasons of his career.
1933 "shower game"Edit
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.
- 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.
- Fulton, Bob (1999). Pirates treasures : facts · feats · firsts in Pittsburgh Pirates History. [Pittsburgh?]: Golden Goose Enterprises, Inc. p. 172. ISBN 9780967571508.