In his first (and only) season as a regular, Harlow had just 26 RBI for the 1978
Orioles, and was traded to California. In a ninth-inning rally in 1979 LCS Game Three,
Harlow doubled off Baltimore's Don Stanhouse to drive in Brian Downing for the Angels'
first-ever playoff victory.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»April 19, 1977: Brooks Robinson makes his last home run a dramatic one. Pinch hitting for Larry Harlow, he hits a three run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning off Dave LaRoche to beat the Indians 6-5. Brooks will go to bat just 47 times this year, finishing his career with 268 homers. In yesterday's game against Cleveland, O's rookie Eddie Murray hits his first ML homer, off former Oriole Pat Dobson.
»June 26, 1978: Toronto's Dave McKay and Otto Velez each hit two doubles in one inning during a 24–10 rout of Baltimore. With the score 19–6 following a homer by Lee May, Earl Weaver tosses OF Larry Harlow to the Blue Jay. Harlow gets two batters out in the 5th, then walks three in a row and hurls a wild pitch. He then allows a single, a walk, and a grand slam by John Mayberry makes the score 24–6. Bullpen catcher Ellie Hendricks then relieves Harlow and gives up just a walk and no runs in 2-1/3 innings. Closer Don Stanhouse takes over in the 8th.
»October 5, 1979:
The Angels score two in the bottom of the 9th inning of the American League game to avert elimination 4–3. Larry Harlow doubles in the winning run.