Some of the Top Cards of 1976

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

1976 Topps #563 - Larry Demery

  • Larry Demery pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1974-1977. Demery was drafted by the Pirates in 1972 and pitched in their minor league system from 1972-1974.
  • Larry was called up by the Pirates in June of 1974. Demery went 6-6 with a 4.25 ERA in 19 games (15 starts) for the Pirates in '74. Larry appeared in two games in the 1974 NLCS and allowed three runs (36.00 ERA) in one inning pitched.
  • Demery was mostly a bullpen guy in 1975. Larry made 45 appearances (eight of them spot starts) and had a 7-5 record with four saves and a 2.90 ERA. Demery made one appearance in the 1975 NLCS and allowed four runs in two innings (18.00 ERA).
  • Larry had another solid season in 1976. He was mostly a reliever (he made an occasional spot start) through July and then was put in the starting rotation for the last two months of the season. Demery appeared in 36 games, 15 of them starts, and was 10-7 with two saves and a 3.17 ERA.
  • Demery had a tough year in 1977. Larry injured his arm and his career wasn't the same after the injury.  He went 6-5 with a 5.08 ERA in 39 appearances (8 starts). 
  • Larry was waived by the Pirates during spring training in 1978. He was picked up by the Toronto Blue Jays but went back to Pittsburgh four days later because the Blue Jays had made a previous waiver selection. Demery pitched in the minors from 1978-1980 but was ineffective and never made it back to the majors. He hung up his spikes at the age of 27 in 1980.


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