This 6'5" 225-lb catcher was reportedly a man of gentle disposition - when sober.
He left behind a trail of barroom brawls, the last of which ended when he was shot
to death at age 39 by an alarmed Boston saloonkeeper.
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McLean played eight seasons
with Cincinnati, and went 6-for-12 for the Giants in the 1913 World Series. He left
the majors in the wake of a drunken encounter with New York manager John McGraw.
McGraw and his coaches were sitting outside a St. Louis hotel when McLean staggered
up and challenged them to a fight. Scout Dick Kinsella broke a chair over McLean's
head, and McGraw cut the catcher from the team.
»June 19, 1907: Miller Huggins, diminutive 2B of the Reds, leads off the game against New York with a home run off Christy Mathewson. The rare occurrence (he hits only nine in his career) astonishes the home town fans and they celebrate by presenting him with a pair of shoes, a gold watch, a 5-pound box of chocolates, a scarf pin, and a Morris chair. The Reds win in the 9th when Larry McLean drives home two runs for a 3-2 win.
»August 6, 1913: The Pirates pound Giants ace Christy Mathewson for 10 hits and nine runs in five innings, including seven in the 5th. C Larry McLean is traded from the last-place Cardinals to the Giants for Doc Crandall. One of the biggest players of this era at six feet five inches and 230 pounds, the veteran catcher will bat .500 in the World Series. The popular Crandall will make two pinch hitting appearances before the Giants reacquire him in a week.
»June 11, 1915:
Giants catcher Larry McLean, suspended by McGraw for 10 days, goes on rampage at Buckingham Hotel in St. Louis and picks a fight with John McGraw and scout Dick Kinsella. McGraw banishes the catcher saying he'll never play for Giants again. Christy Mathewson, unperturbed, beats the Cards in the afternoon. McLean will be shipped to the Cards, from whence he came, on August 6th for Doc Crandall.