Home / Sport / Tigers ace Frank Lary, nicknamed the ‘Yankee Killer’, dead at 87

Tigers ace Frank Lary, nicknamed the ‘Yankee Killer’, dead at 87


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Former star Detroit Tigers pitcher Frank Lary has died at 87.


Nephew Joe Lary says the Northport, Alabama, native died Wednesday night after being hospitalized in Tuscaloosa with pneumonia.


Lary pitched with the Tigers from 1954-64 and led the American League with 21 wins in 1956. A two-time All-Star, he won the Gold Glove Award in 1961. Lary was nicknamed the “Yankee Killer” after going 27-10 against the New York Yankees from 1955-61.


Joe Lary says that success was “really due to his competitive spirit” as the second youngest of seven boys.

Former star Detroit Tigers pitcher Frank Lary, seen here in a 1954 file photo, has died at 87.

(AP)


Lary also played for the New York Mets, Milwaukee Braves and Chicago White Sox during a 12-year career in which he went 128-116.


Lary pitched for the University of Alabama.

Tags:
newswires
associated press
sports newswires

Send a Letter to the Editor

Join the Conversation:
facebook
Tweet

The Associated Press

About admin

Check Also

Yankees react to team’s viral video supporting bullying victim

When Yankees director of media relations Jason Zillo approached Aaron Boone and his players ...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *