Larry Nathaniel Kimbrough
- Bats Both, Throws Both
- Height 5' 10", Weight 195 lb.
- High School Ben Franklin High School
Larry Kimbrough was a switch-pitcher in the Negro Leagues.
Kimbrough was a natural lefty whose arm was caught in a washing machine during his childhood. With his left arm in a cast for a year, he learned to throw righty as well. Unlike Pat Venditte, he was primarily a right-hander but occasionally threw a game as a lefty instead of alternating during a game. He joined the Philadelphia Stars in 1942, pitching three shutout innings. He was 1-1 with a 7.50 ERA in 1943 and went 4 for 15 at the plate, playing infield and outfield as well as pitcher (he threw righty as an infielder). He then joined the US Army, serving until January 1946.
The Philadelphia native played briefly for Philadelphia in 1946. He later caught for a semipro team. He had a try-out with the Cleveland Indians in 1952, claiming he was only 22 years old, but they did not sign him. There had been one earlier ambidextrous pitcher in the lesser Negro Leagues (Horace Cole, 1929) but Kimbrough was the first in the major Negro Leagues.
Source: Agate Type blog by Gary Ashwill