Thursday, June 11, 2009

1976 Topps #109 - Larry Lintz

  • Larry Lintz played infield for several teams from 1973 to 1978. He started in the Montreal Expos' organization in 1971. In 1972, playing for AA Quebec, Larry stole 96 bases and was caught 11 times. He stole 48 bases and was caught 9 times for AAA Peninsula in 1973.
  • Lintz made his major league debut on July 16, 1973. He batted .250 and stole 12 bases in 116 at bats in 1973. Larry had his biggest year in 1974. He batted .238 in 319 at bats but also stole 50 bases.
  • He struggled at the plate for the Expos in 1975 (.197 in 132 at bats) and was traded to the Cardinals for Jim Dwyer on July 25. He only batted 21 times the rest of the season for the Cards.
  • Larry went 263 plate appearances (3 September 1974 to 26 August 1975) without an extra base hit.
  • Larry was traded to the Oakland A's after the 1975 season for Charlie Chant. In 1976 he played a few games for AAA Tucson then was used by the A's as the "designated runner." Lintz had only 4 plate appearances, but was in 68 games, scored 21 runs, and stole 31 bases.
  • Lintz split time between AAA San Jose and Oakland in 1977. He batted .133 in 30 at bats for the A's. Larry was released in 1978 during spring training. The Cleveland Indians picked him up in May 1978. He pinch ran in 3 games for the Indians (1 stolen base in 3 attempts), then they assigned him to AAA Portland. Larry spent the 1979 season in AAA Tacoma and that was it for his playing career.

1 comment:

  1. Larry is pictured in his Cardinal jersey. I'm sure it didn't take much convincing for him to take off his hat, just in case he switched teams.