An All-American at Arizona State, in 1968 Gura pitched two no-hitters in the National
Baseball Congress tournament. Drafted by the Cubs, he saw limited ML duty from 1970
to 1973 and was then dealt to Texas and sold to the Yankees. In New York, Gura posted
a 12-9 record over two seasons, but new manager Billy Martin didn't like him and
sent him to the Royals for catcher Fran Healy. Healy played only 74 games for the
Yankees, while Gura blossomed as a crafty starter with the Royals, going 88-49 from
1976 through 1982. He was the Royals' Pitcher of the Year in 1978
(16-4, 2.72), won
18 in both 1980 and 1982, and was on four Royals division winners. The fine-fielding
Gura went through both 1980 and 1981 without an error. He was known as a fitness
fanatic who pursued a strict diet and conditioning regimen. In 1983 he slumped to
a league-leading 18 losses. Gura finished where he had started, pitching briefly
with the Cubs in 1985.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»May 25, 1974: The Yankees send C Duke Sims to the Rangers for P Larry Gura. Gura will go 5–1 with New York but because of reported differences with Billy Martin, Gura will be peddled to KC.
»May 16, 1976: The Yankees send P Larry Gura to Kansas City for C Fran Healy. Healy's best moment will come in the radio booth, while Gura will help KC to the 1978 playoffs with a 16–4 record.
»May 28, 1979: George Brett hits for the cycle to pace the Royals to a5–4 win over the Orioles. Larry Gura is the winning pitcher.
»April 30, 1980: Kansas City's Larry Gura pitches a one-hitter against the Blue Jays for his 3rd shutout in five starts, surrendering only a 7th-inning double to Damaso Garcia. Losing pitcher Jesse Jefferson holds the Royals hitless for six 2/3 innings in the 3–0 loss.