University of Alabama
Lary is one of three players who have been named to both the football and baseball All-Century Teams at Alabama. He still holds the Crimson Tide's single-season record for touchdown receptions with 10 and ranks fourth on career touchdown list with 14. He ranks third on career list for average yards per reception for a season, averaging 19.6 per catch and ranks 5th for a career.
In 1950 Lary compiled a 4-1 (.800) record as a starting pitcher for the Crimson Tide. In 1951 his record was 6-2 (.750). He ranks fourth in fewest hits allowed in a season (13) with a minimum of 40 innings pitched.
Lary signed with the Chicago Cubs as an amateur free agent before the 1951 season, and made his Major League debut on September 25, 1954 in a start against the Cincinnati Redlegs at Wrigley Field. Lary pitched six innings and allowed two earned runs, receiving no decision in the 4-2 Cubs victory.
He was with the Cubs briefly in 1955 and was used in four games, all as a pinch runner. It would be seven years before he reached the Major League level again. Lary gave up Willie Mays' 324th career home run, a grand slam, in Candlestick Park on April 28, 1962.
- "Al Lary" (August 26, 2007) Wikipedia - accessed January 31, 2008