Dave LaRoche… may be known to a lot of baseball fans as the father of current Major Leaguers Adam and Andy LaRoche, but Dave was a reliever who played 14 years in the majors and was an A.L. All-Star twice.
In 1976, Dave LaRoche… made his first All-Star team, but did not play. Over the 1976 season he had a 2.24 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP and 21 saves.
Despite the alien Yankees logo on the scoreboard, this is Shea Stadium. For those of you who are saying “What the what???” about a Yankee logo at Shea, the Mets played landlord for two seasons while Yankee Stadium was being extensively renovated.
Pretty sure it’s Shea: 6
Can’t tell: 6
Not Shea: 5
Betcha didn’t know… LaRoche did get to pitch in the 1977 All-Star game, throwing a scoreless 6th inning against the heart of the NL’s batting order. With the NL up 5-0, LaRoche got Dave Parker and George Foster to ground out, gave up a double to Dave Winfield, walked Ron Cey and then got pinch-hitter Pete Rose to pop out to right.