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Monday, July 13, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-13-2015

Toledo News-Bee, July 13, 1915:

Larry McLean, under suspension from the New York Giants, is again without an occupation on Tuesday. McLean has been playing in the Delaware Co. [Pennsylvania] ball league, but was released because Manager Bill Cloud thinks Larry “hasn’t class enough for the league.”

And that, as far as I know, is the end of Larry McLean’s baseball career. It’s probably safe to assume McLean drank his way out of this gig, as by this time, alcoholism had completely destroyed his career. Larry was a pretty good player, a solid defensive catcher who put up a career .262/.301/.323 line (86 OPS+) in 13 dead ball era seasons. He was the Giants’ starting catcher in the 1913 World Series and went 6-for-12 in a losing cause.

Stories like McLean’s always bum me out. There’s no real “what could have been” here, but there is a human being who (judging by most of the things I’ve read in old newspapers) was popular and well-liked, but spun out of control and never did pull himself together. As I’ve mentioned before, Larry died in 1921, shot and killed after attacking a bartender who wouldn’t give him a cigarette.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: July 13, 2015 at 08:10 AM | 16 comment(s)
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Friday, June 12, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-12-2015

Milwaukee Journal, June 12, 1915:

Long Larry McLean, second string catcher for the New York Giants, staged a knockdown and dragout fight Thursday night in the lobby of the Buckingham hotel, one of the most exclusive in St. Louis, with “Sinister Dick” Kinsella, scout, of the club, as his chief opponent, and Manager John J. McGraw as a sort of secondary enemy.

During the fracas McLean used a piece of gas pipe in his attempt to “get” Kinsella, but missed, and the Giant scout retaliated by breaking two of the hotel chairs on Larry’s head. McLean, when he saw that he was getting the worst of it, ran from the hotel with Kinsella, McGraw and a couple of house detectives in pursuit, jumped into an automobile loaded with women and made his escape.

Unsurprisingly, this was the final act in McLean’s long and mostly drunken career as a pro ballplayer. Things didn’t get much better for Larry after he retired. In 1921, he was shot and killed when he (allegedly) drunkenly attacked a bartender for refusing to give him some cigarettes.


 

 

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