Sports Publishing is proud to present one of the first titles in our new series of books celebrating the lost legends of American sports. Phillies, Where Have You Gone? will focus on fan favorites and memorable personalities from the Philadelphia Phillies franchise. Written by one of the country's best sports authors, Fran Zimniuch, Phillies, Where Have You Gone? will help fans relive shining moments and remember the heroes of their past Phillies teams.
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Where Have You Gone?
Larry Andersen pitched in 699 career big-league games, all but one as a reliever. His one start came with the Mariners in 1982. Pitching out of the bullpen, this workhorse with a sometimes unhittable slider pitched in at least 30 games 12 times during his career. Primarily used as a setup man, he did save 13 games for the '91 Padres. Andy was a member of the '83 and '93 Phillies World Series teams.
After three brief look-sees with the Cleveland Indians, Anderson finally got an opportunity to pitch regularly with the Seattle Mariners, going 3-3 in 1981 in 41 games. He also appeared in 40 games the following season before being purchased by the Phillies in 1983. He went 1-0 in 17 games with an ERA of 2.39 and also pitched well in two World Series appearances against the Baltimore Orioles in a losing cause.
After working in 64 and 57 games over the next two seasons, Andy spent the next five seasons in Houston. He went 9-5 in 1987 in 67 games with a 3.45 ERA. After pitching in at least 50 games over the next three years, he was dealt to the Boston Red Sox for Jeff Bagwell, who went on to become one of the finest players in Astros history.
Andersen appeared in just 15 games for Boston and was 0-1 in three games in the ALCS.
He then signed as a free agent with the San Diego Padres and responded with a 4-5 record over a two-year period with 15 saves in 72 total games befo}M returning to the Phillies for the 1993 and '94 seasons.
In the Phillies' World Series season of '93, Andersen appeared in 64 games with a 3-2 record and an ERA of 2.92. His slider worked to perfection most of that season against right-handed hitters.
Also well known as one of baseball's worst-hitting pitchers, he had just five hits in 38 career at-bats for a meek .132 average.
Larry Andersen is also known as one of the great jokesters of the game. Just some of his favorite axioms about baseball and life include, "Why do you park in the driveway?" "Why do people sing, 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame' when they're already there?" and "If he's a good fastball hitter, should I throw him a bad fastball?"
After his playing career ended, he served as a minor league pitching instructor for the organization, helping young pitchers hone their skills.
Following the untimely death of Philadelphia icon player and announcer Richie Ashburn, Andersen became a Phillies broadcaster. His goofy and off-beat but well appreciated sense of humor has served him well in the booth. Not to mention his astute knowledge of the game.
Table of Contents
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|Chapter 4||Final Outs|