Lawrence William Shepard
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 180 lb.
Larry Shepard was 179-84 as a pitcher in the minor leagues between 1941 and 1958, missing the 1942-1945 seasons due to military service. He led the 1948 Far West League with 22 wins for the Medford Dodgers. Shepard led the Pioneer League in wins in 1949 and 1950 with the Billings Mustangs going 21-6 and 22-6, and leading with a 2.54 ERA in 1950 also. With Billings in 1951, he set a personal best with 24 wins, but was 2 behind league leader Lawrence Manier.
Shepard was player-manager for Medford in 1948, Billings in 1949-1951, and the Charleston Rebels for part of 1953. He was a pitcher for the 1952-1953 Hollywood Stars. In 1954 he began a two year stint as manager of the Williamsport Grays, then managed the Lincoln Chiefs in 1956 and 1957, the Salt Lake City Bees from 1958 to 1960 (where he pitched his last 7 games in 1958), and finally the Columbus Jets for 6 years (1961-1966). His teams won league titles in 1950, 1956, 1957, and 1959. He also coached the team with the best record in 1961 and 1965. Leaving the Pittsburgh Pirates organization he had been with since 1952, he was a Philadelphia Phillies coach in 1967. Shepard returned to the Pirates, managing the 1968 and 1969 Bucs before being replaced by Alex Grammas late in 1969. He went on to coach for the Cincinnati Reds from 1970 to 1978 and was a member of the San Francisco Giants coaching staff in 1979.
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He also managed the Phillies entry in the 1967 Florida Instructional League.