Thursday, September 28, 2017

no. 707 - fred lasher

Who is the man: Fred Lasher split his 1970 season between the Tigers and the Indians. He was acquired by the Angels in the Rule 5 Draft in late November of that year.

Can ya dig it: That's quite a mess on Lasher's hat. It looks like they erased and re-erased the attempt at an Angels logo. All for the 1 1/3 whole innings that Lasher would pitch for California.

Right on: Lasher looks like a kid I knew in elementary school who had the last name of Lasher. Now I'm wondering if they're related.

You see that cat Lasher is a bad mother: Lasher pitched two scoreless innings for the Tigers in Game 4 of the 1968 World Series against the Cardinals. St. Louis was ahead 6-1 at that point and would go on to win 10-1, but at least none of the runs came against Lasher.

Shut your mouth: Lasher won five games for the Tigers in 1968. Every one of those games was a 5-4 Tigers victory.

No one understands him but his woman: Lasher was suspended for the remainder of the season when playing for the Indians in 1970. Disgusted with being removed from a game against the Orioles by Indians manager Alvin Dark, Lasher threw the ball down to the ground and launched his glove into the stands. Dark said that Lasher would never pitch for the Indians again.

(A word about the back): The 55 games Lasher pitched in 1970 was a career high.

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