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Larry Jansen Dies At 89

Larry Jansen has died in his home in Oregon on Saturday at the age of 89.

Larry Jansen has died in his home in Oregon on Saturday at the age of 89 and was the winning pitcher for the Giants when Bobby Thompson hit the 1951 walkoff homer in playoffs against the Dodgers in 1951.

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.

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2 thoughts on “Larry Jansen Dies At 89

  1. A name from the past, I remember Larry Jensen while growing up. I even had his autograph, until my mother, in all of her infinite wisdom, burned it. Sad to see the baseball players of my past leaving us. The players of my past played the game that I loved. Today’s watered down version of baseball leaves me cold what with the designated hitter, steroids, Bud “Play the game in Milwaukee” Selig and a host of other things. Sad to see Larry go.

  2. I agree it is sad to see the players I remember playing back in the 50’s and 60’s dying.

    It was a better time back then when the players took the game more seriously and got paid for what they did the year before instead of all these longterm contracts that pay off even if a player sits out the season with an injury.

    The designated hitter is the worst change during my lifetime that baseball has made. The DH makes it easy for an AL manager to keep a pitcher in a game a little longer while the NL managers don’t have that luxury. I would prefer that the DH be abolished altogether but player’s union probably wouldn’t stand for it since that is only reason good hit-no field players are in the majors.

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