Laurance Russell Cheney
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1½", Weight 185 lb.
- Debut September 9, 1911
- Final Game September 26, 1919
- Born May 2, 1886 in Belleville, KS USA
- Died January 6, 1969 in Daytona Beach, FL USA
Larry Cheney pitched nine seasons in the majors and had great success at the start of his big league career.
Cheney reached the majors with the Chicago Cubs in 1911, going 1-0 in 3 games. In a late-season game against the Brooklyn Dodgers that year, his thumb and nose were broken by a Zach Wheat liner. As a result of the injury, his pitching style changed, and he began to throw a knuckleball. He later threw a spitball, which he learned from Ed Walsh.
In 1912, in his first full season in the bigs, Cheney led the National League with 26 wins (the most ever by a rookie except for Pete Alexander). In the following two seasons, he would also win at least 20 games (and get 11 saves in 1913, leading the league). In 1914, he threw 26 wild pitches, one of six time he led the NL in that stat.
In 1915, Cheney was traded to the Brooklyn Robins for Joe Schultz. The next year, he won 18 games and posted a 1.92 ERA as his team won the NL pennant. He put in three innings of relief work in Game Four of the 1916, giving up one earned run, but Brooklyn fell to the Boston Red Sox in five games.
After splitting his final major league season (1919) between Brooklyn, the Boston Braves, and the Philadelphia Phillies, Cheney played three more seasons in the minors. He later operated an orange grove in Florida.
- NL Wins Leader (1912)
- NL Saves Leader (1913)
- 2-time NL Games Pitched Leader (1913 & 1914)
- NL Complete Games Leader (1912)
- 15 Wins Seasons: 4 (1912-1914 & 1916)
- 20 Wins Seasons: 3 (1912-1914)
- 25 Wins Seasons: 1 (1912)
- 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 6 (1912-1914 & 1916-1918)
- 300 Innings Pitched Seasons: 3 (1912-1914)