LaValliere helped make the trade of Pittsburgh favorite Tony Pena look good with
a .300 bat and Gold Glove fielding in 1987. He excelled in throwing out potential
basestealers and earned a starting spot on the 1986 Cardinals, starting a club rookie
record 108 games behind the plate. Signed as a third baseman by the Phillies, the
squat LaValliere moved to catcher in 1982. He was MVP in the 1976 Babe Ruth World
»October 13, 1991:
Mike LaValliere's 2-out pinch single in the 10th inning drives home the go-ahead run as the Pirates even the NLCS. Steve Buechele's three hits give him five straight over two games to tie an NLCS record.