Bill Landrum

Landrum pitched for eight seasons in the majors, going 18-15 with 58 saves and a 3.39 ERA for the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates and Montreal Expos from 1986-1993. He enjoyed a solid year as the Pirates’ closer in 1989. He saved 26 games for Pittsburgh that season and had a sparkling 1.67 ERA.Continue reading “Bill Landrum”

Terry Leach

Leach pitched for 11 years in the majors, playing for the New York Mets, Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox between 1981 and 1993. Primarily pitching out of the bullpen, Leach made just 21 starts in his career. In 376 games he compiled a 38-27 record with a 3.15 ERA and 10Continue reading “Terry Leach”

Les Lancaster

Lancaster pitched for seven seasons in the majors, going 41-28 with 22 saves and a 4.05 ERA for the Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals from 1987-1993. He won eight games as a rookie for the Cubs and made 18 career starts which would be his career high. He moved to the bullpenContinue reading “Les Lancaster”

Vance Law

The son of 1960 Cy Young Award winner Vern Law, Vance enjoyed an 11-year run in the majors where he played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago White Sox, Montreal Expos, Chicago Cubs and Oakland A’s between 1980-1991. In 1,212 games Law hit .256 with 71 home runs. He had his best season in 1988 whileContinue reading “Vance Law”

Rudy Law

Law spent seven seasons playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals. He appeared in 749 games between 1978-1986 and hit .271 with 18 home runs and 228 stolen bases. He was a regular for the Dodgers in 1980, hitting .260 in 128 games, but spent the next year inContinue reading “Rudy Law”

Phil Linz

Linz spent seven seasons as a utility infielder in the majors, playing for the New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets from 1962-1968. In 519 games, he hit .235 with 11 home runs. He played in 112 games for the Yankees in 1964, a season that would go down as his most productiveContinue reading “Phil Linz”

Pete Ladd

The Milwaukee Brewers closer in 1983, Ladd pitched for six years in the big leagues, going 17-23 with 39 saves for the Brewers, Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. He came up with the Astros in 1979 and pitched in 10 games before returning to the minors for the next two seasons. Ladd resurfaced in theContinue reading “Pete Ladd”

Randy Lerch

Lerch won 60 games over an 11-year career that saw him pitch from 1975-1986 for the Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers, Montreal Expos and San Francisco Giants. Lerch strung together three straight years with at least 10 wins for the Phillies (1977-1979) but then lost 14 games in 1981 and Philadelphia ended up trading him toContinue reading “Randy Lerch”

Swings and misses

Hall of Fame manager Tony LaRussa spent six years as a reserve infielder in the majors, playing for the Kansas City/Oakland A’s, Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs from 1963-1973. In 132 games he hit .199 with no home runs. His busiest year was 1970 with Oakland. He played in 52 games that season and hitContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Dennis Leonard

The American League win leader in 1977, Leonard pitched for 12 years in a career shortened by injuries. He posted 144 wins in those 12 seasons, while pitching exclusively for the Kansas City Royals. He won 15 games in 1975, then another 17 in 1976. In 1977 he won 20 games while striking out 244Continue reading “Dennis Leonard”