Larry Jansen Dies At 89
Larry Jansen the New York Giants pitcher who won the game when Bobby Thompson his the “Shot Heard Around the World” in 1951 playoff win over the Brooklyn Dodgers has died.
He died Saturday at his home in Oregon at the age of 89. He pitched from 1947-1956 but missed the 1955 season. He pitched all but his last season for the Giants.
Jansen compiled a 122-89 record 3.58 ERA in nine major league seasons. He retired at the age of 35 with the Cincinnati Reds.
His best season was his first with the Giants when had a 21-5 record and an ERA of 3.16 in 1947. He would post a 23-11 record with a 3.04 ERA in 1951.
Baseball-reference.com compares his record with that of Mark Buehrle, Dick Donovan and Denny McLain.
He only appeared in the postseason in 1951 when he was 0-2 and posted a 6.30 in the 1951 World Series.
Jansen was pitching coach for the Giants and the Chicago Cubs after he retired from baseball.