Al Lary

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Al Lary

Alfred Allen Lary (born September 26, 1928 in Northport - died July 10, 2001 in Northport) was an All-Century college football and baseball player and a Major League Baseball pitcher.

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.

Professional baseball

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.

Lary played 12 seasons in the minor leagues, and retired in 1964. He was the older brother of All-Star pitcher Frank Lary.

Lary was posthumously inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame on June 3, 2007.


  • "Al Lary" (August 26, 2007) Wikipedia - accessed January 31, 2008

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