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Lawrence Ledwith McClure

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Larry McClure, who weighed 130 lbs., drew Bill James's attention in the Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract for being the lightest player of the 1910s. He was a pitcher in college and in professional baseball.

His lone playing appearance in the majors was a fluke. Although McClure had been suffering arm problems, the New York Highlanders did call him up briefly in July 1910. On July 26th, in the top of the 1st inning, Harry Wolter suffered a broken finger on a hard-hit ball by Ty Cobb. For some reason, Charlie Hemphill was out of uniform, so McClure went into the game in left field, while Bert Daniels moved temporarily from left to center and Birdie Cree from center to right. Since Wolter had been scheduled to bat second, McClure got a chance to bat and struck out. Hemphill then came in. After the game, McClure was returned to the minors.

McClure was the head coach at West Virginia University in 1911.

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