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Max Lanier
Born: 1915

  • Father of Hal Lanier
    [Courtesy Arnie Braunstein]
  • LHP 1938-46, 49-53 Cardinals , Giants, Browns

    Max Lanier's Teammates

    • All-Star in 1943-44

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    Career 1618108-823.01
    World Series 322-11.71

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    Although he became a lefthander only because he broke his right arm twice as a child, Lanier was the top-winning southpaw for three consecutive Cardinal pennant winners, 1942-44. He was 6-0 in 1946, then jumped to the Mexican League, causing his suspension from organized baseball. He was reinstated in 1949 and won 11 games for the Cardinals in both 1950 and '51. Lanier's son Hal became a major league player, coach, and manager. (LAW)
    FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
    » August 24, 1942: The Dodgers open a 4-game series in St. Louis with Larry French (13–1) on the mound for the front-runners. Terry Moore scores four runs for the Birds as they coast to a 7–1 victory behind Max Lanier's 14th victory.

    » August 26, 1942: Johnny Beazley wins his 16th game of the year, 2–1 over the Dodgers in 10 innings. The win caps a sweep of Brooklyn, with Max Lanier having edged Larry French in the opener two days before.

    » September 12, 1942: Mort Cooper wins his 20th game and 8th shutout, stopping Brooklyn 3-0. St. Louis finally catches the Dodgers when Max Lanier wins the second game 2-1.

    » June 8, 1944: Bucky Walters of the Reds outduels Max Lanier of the Cardinals 2-1. The Cardinal run, scored in the ninth, is the first they have scored off the Reds righty in 45 innings.

    » May 14, 1946: The Dodgers give away free nylons as a promotion and 31,000 show up for the match against the Cardinals. Marty Marion breaks a 5–5 tie by driving in two runs in the 11th and Max Lanier goes all the way to beat the Dodgers. The win leaves St. Louis a game back of Brooklyn.

    » May 20, 1946: A state Supreme Court justice has armed the Yankees with an injunction against the raiding Mexican Leaguers, and the Dodgers and the Cardinals have also turned to the courts for protection and damages. Before any of the relief becomes permanent, however, Max Lanier, Fred Martin, and Lou Klein jump back to the Redbirds.

    » May 23, 1946: The Cardinals, the pre-season favorites to win the National League pennant, suffer a blow when pitchers Max Lanier and Fred Martin, and infielder Lou Klein jump to the Mexican League. Lanier was 6–0 in six starts this season. The 2nd-place Cards win today at the Polo Grounds behind Johnny Beazley's 4-hitter, but will lose three of their next four starts and drop into 2nd place.

    » June 15, 1946: Commissioner Happy Chandler bans Mexican jumpers Max Lanier, Fred Martin, and Lou Klein. Chandler mentions a lifetime suspension for the players, but his penalty is later reduced to five years.

    » March 8, 1949: Max Lanier and Fred Martin, late of the Mexican League, file a $2.5 million suit against baseball. A federal judge on April one will deny their right to be reinstated.

    » July 4, 1949: The Dodgers increase their lead to two games over the Cardinals by winning the twin bill from the Phillies while the Redbirds, with Max Lanier dropping his first start since reinstatement, divide with the Cubs.

    » August 27, 1949: Former Mexican Leaguers Max Lanier and Fred Martin drop their $2.5 million suit against baseball.

    » April 24, 1950: In a pitching duel with vet Ken Raffensberger, Max Lanier drives in the only run to give the Cards a 1–0 win over the Reds.

    » May 17, 1950: After 11 straight losses to Max Lanier, the Dodgers finally top the Cardinal lefty 6–2 for the first time since 1943. Don Newcombe is the winning pitcher. Lanier helps his downfall with three balks, to tie the National League-record.

    » August 23, 1951: At Ebbets Field, the Cards finally beat the Dodgers, 4–2. Max Lanier allows seven hits, including Campanella's 27th homer, in beating Don Newcombe. Newk won't lose again to the Birds till 1957, winning 12 straight.

    » December 10, 1951: The Cards trade lefty Max Lanier and OF Chuck Diering to the Giants for 2B Eddie Stanky, who becomes the team's player-manager. The Reds trade C Smoky Burgess, 2B Connie Ryan and P Howie Fox to the Phillies for C Andy Seminick, infielder Eddie Pellegrini, OF Dick Sisler and P Niles Jordan. The Reds will regret letting the burly catcher go and will reacquire him, again exchanging Seminick, in three years.