Jaster pitched for seven years in the major leagues, starting with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1965 and finishing with the Atlanta Braves in 1972. After appearing in just four games in his first season, Jaster enjoyed his best year in 1966. He went 11-5 that season with a 3.26 ERA for the Cardinals. His performance was good enough to earn him fourth place in the National League’s Rookie of the Year vote. His five shutouts that year were best in the NL. Jaster won nine games in each of the next two years for St. Louis but was left unprotected in the expansion draft and went to Montreal in 1969. He spent just one year with the Expos, then pitched for parts of two seasons for the Braves before returning to the minors for two more seasons. He retired from professional baseball in 1974, following two years with the Braves’ AAA team.
As he notes, Jaster was a part of the Cardinals’ 1967 World Series winners. He appeared in one game during the series, pitching 1/3 of an inning. He and the Cardinals went back to the series the next year as well. Jaster again pitched in one game as St. Louis lost to Detroit. Jaster is notable as the man who threw the first pitch in a Major League Baseball regular-season game played in Canada.
Larry Jaster – career stats