Saturday, July 08, 2006

July 8th, 1948

Lerrin LaGrow Born

That sounds like a made-up name to me, although I'm at a loss for what kind of situation would prompt one to make up a name like that. Despite having done some research, I can find no explanation for the origins of the name, but if there are any Lerrins out there who want to enlighten me, I'm listening. As for the last name, this is just a guess, but it might be an Anglicization of LeGros, a relatively more common last name albeit one that rather unfortunately translates from the French as "The Fat One." Perhaps changing it to LaGrow wasn't a bad idea.

Moving right along, Lerrin LaGrow is probably most famous as the man who hit Bert Campaneris in the 1972 ALCS which prompted "Campy" to throw his bat at LaGrow in retaliation; both were ejected for their trouble. LaGrow's best years were still ahead of him then; he was the closer for the White Sox in 1977 and 1978. His best year was the first of the pair, throwing nearly a hundred innings at a 2.46 ERA, while recording twenty-five saves and seven wins. He was generally not too great a pitcher, however, losing as many as nineteen games in a season and finishing with a career 4.11 ERA.

After his retirement LaGrow returned to his native Phoenix and now works for the "Ler'rin Company," sporting a delightful

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