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Larry McLean

Larry McLean
in uniform for the New York Giants in 1913
Born: (1881-07-18)July 18, 1881
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
Died: March 24, 1921(1921-03-24) (aged 39)
Boston, Massachusetts, US
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 26, 1901 for the Boston Americans
Last MLB appearance
June 6, 1915 for the New York Giants
Career statistics
Batting average .262
Home runs 6
Runs batted in 298

John Bannerman McLean (July 18, 1881 – March 14, 1921) was a professional baseball catcher between 1901 until 1915. He was killed on March 14, 1921 in Boston, Massachusetts, when he was shot by a bartender during a barroom brawl.[1]

During his years in Major League Baseball, he played for five different teams. Originally beginning his career with the Boston Americans, his final professional game was played with the New York Giants on June 6, 1915. In his thirteen-year career, McLean posted a .262 batting average, which included six home runs and 298 RBIs in 862 games played.[2] Known for his heavy drinking and violent behavior, McLean's career ended after a 1915 brawl with New York Giants manager John McGraw and coach Dick Kinsella.[3]

At 6'5", McLean still holds the record as being the tallest catcher in major league history.[4]

Hall of Fame voting

See also


  1. Former big league catcher Larry McLean, shot and killed
  2. "Larry McLean Statistics and History". Retrieved October 1, 2009. 
  3. "McLean on a Rampage; Attacks Scout Kinsella and McGraw Banishes Him from Giants." (June 12, 1915) The New York Times. Retrieved October 29, 2012 [1]
  4. Smith, Bryan (June 27, 2006). "Gazing Through Binoculars". The Baseball Analysts. Retrieved October 1, 2009. 


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