The Yount Brothers: MLB Extremes

Larry Yount: One of the few former major leaguers with less MLB field experience than Moonlight Graham.

Larry and Robin Yount were brothers whose MLB family experience with MLB is not likely to repeated again anytime soon, if ever.  This summary note we received from friend and devoted researcher Darrell Pittman the other day sums it up to a tee:

September 15, 1971: “Today in 1971, Larry Yount (Robin’s older brother) entered a game for Houston to pitch against the Braves for his MLB debut. He took the mound and injured himself throwing warmup tosses. He was taken out of the game, never having thrown an official pitch to a batter, but he’s in the official record, having been announced. He never returned to the big leagues (he pitched in the minors until 1975), while his little brother had a 20-year Hall-of-Fame career.” ~ Darrell Pittman.

For further edification of this phenomenal development, please use this link to read the excellent article by longtime baseball writer Ray Kirby on this happening:

http://astrosdaily.com/players/Yount_Larry.html

If you also want to check out the box score on Larry Yount’s one-game-entry MLB career of September 15, 1971, here’s the Baseball Almanac rather meaty version of that most primary base of all baseball records accounting:

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/box-scores/boxscore.php?boxid=197109150HOU

Maybe the young sibling Younts should have listened to bystander Forrest Gump as they waited for the bus to life and the roads that would lead each brother to the big league fields of sweet destined or bitter fated possibility.

You do catch the reference, don’t you? ~ “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you are going to get.”

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A Peek at the AL Batting Average Race 

Through Games of Sat., 9/15/18: 

BATTING AVERAGE

1.

Betts • BOS

.338

2.

Martinez • BOS

.328

3.

Altuve • HOU

.318

4.

Trout • LAA

.318

5.

Segura • LAA

.308

6.

Brantley • CLE

.307

7.

Merrifield  * KCR

.303

8.

Smith • TBR 

.303

9.

Andujar • NYY

.299

10.

Duffy • TBR

.297

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AL WEST SCORES, 

LAST THREE DAYS

(1) Thru Thur., 9/13/18:

Houston (did not play).

Baltimore 5 – Oakland 3.

Seattle 8 – LA Angels 2.

Texas (did not play).

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(2) Thru Fri., 9/14/18:

Arizona 4 – Houston 2.

Oakland 2 – Tampa Bay 1 (10).

Seattle 5 – LA Angels 2. 

Texas 4 – San Diego 0.

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(3) Thru Sat., 9/15/18:

Houston 10 – Arizona 4.

Tampa Bay 7 – Oakland 5.

Seattle 6 – LA Angels 5. 

Texas 6 – San Diego 3.

 

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AL WEST STANDINGS

Morning of Sun., 9/16/18

TEAMS

WON

LOST

PCT.

GB

Houston

93

55

.628

 —-

Oakland

90

59

.604

   3.5

Seattle

82

66

.554

 11.0

LA Angels

73

76

.490

 20.5

Texas

64

84

.432

 29.0

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SCHEDULE BALANCE FOR

HOU, OAK & SEA:

DATE

HOU

OAK

SEA

9/16

@AZ

@TB

@LAA

9/17

SEA

@HOU

9/18

SEA

LAA

@HOU

9/19

SEA

LAA

@HOU

9/20

LAA

9/21

LAA

MIN

@TEX

9/22

LAA

MIN

@TEX

9/23

LAA

MIN

@TEX

9/24

@TOR

@SEA

OAK

9/25

@TOR

@SEA

OAK

9/26

@TOR

@SEA

OAK

9/27

@BAL

TEX

9/28

@BAL

@LAA

TEX

9/29

@BAL

@LAA

TEX

9/30

@BAL

@LAA

TEX

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

 

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3 Responses to “The Yount Brothers: MLB Extremes”

  1. maxwell1901 Says:

    Indeed. Not only was September 15 the anniversary of Larry Yount’s truncated one-pitch career, but September 16 is also Robin Yount’s birthday. Was Larry the first native Houstonian to pitch for the Astros? I believe Craig Reynolds was the first to attend high school in Houston but he joined the Astros years later, when Robin was playing his position on the Milwaukee Brewers.

    • Bill McCurdy Says:

      I could be wrong, but I think Matt Albers, who broke into the big leagues with Houston as a pitcher for the Astros on July 25, 2006, was the first native Houstonian to pitch for our town. BTW – this I am sure of – Larry Yount did not have even a “one-pitch” big league career. He injured himself warming up for his first game entry and never threw a pitch. Because he already had been announced as the pitcher, and by baseball record rules, Larry Yount still counted as an MLB game participant. That’s really what makes his big league mark not even enough to stir bittersweetness.

  2. don matlosz Says:

    Bob Hurricane Hazel of the Milwaukee Braves had a long career compared to Larry Yount

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