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Frank Strong Lary
(Mule, Taters, or The Yankee Killer)

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[edit] Biographical Information

Brother of Al Lary.

One of the American League's most durable, reliable and popular pitchers from the middle '50s and into the early '60s, Frank "Taters" Lary, along with Paul Foytack, Billy Hoeft and Jim Bunning, was part of a formidable Tiger pitching rotation in the the mid to late '50s.

Lary was known as "The Yankee Killer" because of his rare ability to beat the Yankees on a fairly consistently basis, 27 of 37 times. After spending 11 years with the Tigers, the sore-armed hurler stepped on the field and waved a tearful goodbye to Detroit fans after it was announced that he'd been sold to the Mets in 1964. .

He resides in his home state of Alabama, having been in the used car sales business for many years.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 2-time AL All-Star (1960 & 1961)
  • AL Gold Glove Winner (1961)
  • AL Wins Leader (1956)
  • 3-time AL Innings Pitched Leader (1956, 1958 & 1960)
  • 3-time AL Complete Games Leader (1958, 1960 & 1961)
  • 15 Win Seasons: 5 (1956 & 1958-1961)
  • 20 Win Seasons: 2 (1956 & 1961)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 7 (1955-1961)

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