Famous American legend was just announced dead after a short battle with pneumonia. Prayers for the family during this heartbreaking time.
He is the star Detroit Tigers pitcher who was called the Yankee Killer because of his success against New York’s big-hitting lineup. The incredible Frank Lary has died at 87 according to several reports.
Apparently the baseball legend died on Wednesday night after being hospitalized in Tuscaloosa with pneumonia. His nephew Joe Lary confirmed the news about Lary’s death.
Lary first started pitching for the University of Alabama and led the team to the College World Series in 1950. From there the rest was history.
If you’re a baseball fan you know that Lary was a hero. He pitched with the Tigers from 1954-64 and led the American League with 21 wins in 1956.
He was also a two-time All-Star, and he won the Gold Glove Award in 1961. That’s when he went 23-9 and finished third in the Cy Young Award voting behind Whitey Ford and Warren Spahn.
His nickname, The Yankee Killer, was given to him after he went 27-10 against the Yankees from 1955-61, a span when they won six pennants. His nephew shared that his successes were “really due to his competitive spirit.” He was the second youngest of seven boys growing up on a farm, which can make on quite competitive.
Aside from playing with the Tigers he was also a member of the New York Mets, Milwaukee Braves and Chicago White Sox during a 12-year career in which he went 128-116.
Lary is survived by his wife, Emma, and his four children. Please continue to keep this family in your prayers during this tragic and heartbreaking time.
He was truly one of the greats and he will forever be remembered as an American Baseball hero. Lary will be missed deeply by his friends and family.
RIP, you legend.