Paul LaPalme

1952 Topps

LaPalme won 24 games during a seven-year stint in the big leagues. He broke in with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1951, pitching in 22 games that year for the Bucs. He made 24 starts for Pittsburgh in 1953, winning eight games and losing 16 with a 4.59 ERA. He joined the St. Louis Cardinals in 1955 and had what was probably the best year of his career. Pitching out of the bullpen for the Cardinals, LaPalme posted a 2.75 ERA in 91 innings of work. He finished with a 4-3 record, two saves and 18 games finished for St. Louis. He was unable to keep up the success the next year, as his ERA ballooned and he ended up pitching for three different teams. LaPalme’s final year in the majors was 1957 when he pitched in 35 games for the Chicago White Sox. He spent the next two seasons in the minor leagues and retired following the 1959 campaign.


LaPalme mentions two of his favorite teammates were Bob Friend and Roy Face, a couple guys we’ve already written about. LaPalme died in Leominster, Massachusetts on February 7, 2010.

Paul LaPalme – career stats

Published by Chris

Writer, historian, father, intrepid traveller, journalist, aging punk ... I am actually in a Hall of Fame.

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