Friday, February 10, 2006
February 10th, 1954
Larry McWilliams Born
I originally had a snide comment planned here, something about how McWilliams looks like the kind of guy you’d expect to find lurking in your bushes when you get up in the night to get some water. Instead, I turned up two things that earned him more than just a smart-ass remark.
For one McWilliams lasted as long as he did—thirteen years as a starter and reliever, including a fifth place finish in the Cy Young voting in 1983—in part because of a herky-jerky delivery, one that was taught to him by Johnny Sain. Sain is most famous for his part in “Spahn and Sain and pray for rain,” but was also a highly, highly regarded pitching coach for many years. (Jim Buoton speaks highly of him in Ball Four) and taught McWilliams the wind-up while in the minors. Second, like Jon Lieber and a handful of others, McWilliams pitched with great expediency—“as if he was double-parked”—according to one-time centerfielder and then broadcaster Duke Snider.