Happy Birthday, George Lazerique

George LauzeriqueHappy Birthday to George Lauzerique, who pitched for the A’s and the Brewers from 1967 to 1970.  George had some cache because he had pitched a perfect game in the minor leagues. The first time I saw him pitch was on September 29, 1967 – his third major league game and his first at Yankee Stadium.  It was the second game of a Twi-Night doubleheader on a Friday night, the last weekend of the season.  I started for the Yankees and George was the starting pitcher for the Kansas City Athletics.  In the top of the second, Joe Rudi and Rick Monday each hit grounders to me, which I threw to Mike Hegan to make the outs.  But along the way, I hurt my ankle and had to leave the game after I walked Sal Bando.  That was disappointing, especially because it was my game of the season and you hate to end on that kind of note.   Fred Talbot came in relief and pitched beautifully, giving up just four hits. George was hugely impressive.  He held the Yankees to five hits in seven innings, struck out five, and gave up just one run – a homer to Billy Bryan.  It was an outstanding performance.

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