| The (Short)
Career of Larry Yount
Larry Yount is
the older brother of Hall of Fame shortstop/centerfielder
Robin Yount. Yount's lifelong dream was to pitch
for the Houston Astros. He was called up from
the minors by the Astros in 1971, his wish on
the verge of being fulfilled. He got his chance
on September 15, 1971 when he was called into
the ninth inning of a game vs. the Atlanta Braves.
On his very first warm-up toss, he felt pain in
his right elbow and he couldn't continue. He had
to leave the game without throwing a pitch. He
never appeared in another major league game. He
would have faced Hank Aaron.
To the left is Yount's 1971 road uniform. The
letters of his name on the back were removed,
as is the practice when a uniform is to be re-used
by another player. As poetic justice would have
it, you can see the outline of the letters of
his name on the back of the uniform.
YOUNT: The man who, by the fate of the baseball
Gods, barely missed making it to the show.