Happy Birthday, Larry Biittner

larry biittnerHappy Birthday to Larry Biittner, who played for the Senators, Rangers, Expos and Cubs during a 14-year major league baseball career.  Even though we played in the same league for four seasons, I only faced Larry in one game.  It was August 31, 1972 and we were playing the Senators at Yankee Stadium.  He was the leadoff hitter in the top of the second and I hit him with the pitch. He grounded out in his next appearance and I struck him out the next two times.  I remember that game only because I pitched a five-hit shutout, a complete game with seven strikeouts.  We won 7-0 in a game that the Yankee offense was particularly good: Horace Clarke was 3-for-4 with a Home Run; Thurman Munson was 2-for-5 with two RBI’s; and Bobby Murcer hit a 3-run homer.

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