Friday, February 10, 2006

Editor's Note: Before I get to today's entry, I'd like to extend my sincere thanks to all of you who visit this blog. Today is less than halfway through February and I have already had more visitors this month than I had in all of February 2005. It is very flattering to think I have gotten almost 8,500 visits in the thirteen and a half months I've been writting this, and I hope you will all continue to come by. As always, comments are welcome to the e-mail address at left.

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.

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