Monday, October 27, 2008

Larry Anderson Philies World Series Veteran

When you think "Phillies World Series Veteran," Larry Anderson probably isn't the first person you think of. You probably remember Mike Schmidt, Pete Rose, Tug McGraw and other players who were on the 1980 World Series Championship and the 1983 National League Championship teams.

However, Larry Anderson is the only player who was a member of the 1983 and 1993 National League Championship teams. Anderson pitched well in his 2 appearances in the 1983 World Series, but was hit hard in the 1993 World Series giving up 4 earned runs in 2.1 innings.

Of course Anderson may be most known for as the player that brought Jeff Bagwell to the Houston Astros. On August 30, 1990 the Houston Astros traded Anderson to the Boston Red Sox for a minor league player named Jeff Bagwell. Bagwell went on to play 15 seasons, slug 449 home runs and become a Houston legend. Anderson went on to lose game 1 of the 1990 ALCS against the Oakland A's and left that winter via Free Agency.

I know Anderson did some work last year in Philly as a radio color commentator, but I'm unsure if he's still in that role.


deal said...

LA is still doing color commentary for the Phils and does a very good job of it. He is also active in the Philadelphia Baseball community doing a lot of guest appearances and celebrity bartending gigs.

JRJ said...

Deal - I've always liked Anderson. It just seems like he doesn't take his job too serious, has fun, and truly believes that he's playing a game. I wish more guys in MLB had that enthusiasm.

Who does color commentary with Harry Calas on the radio? I was listening to him on XM last night... fortunately I was listening in time to hear the Ryan Howard "outta hereee" home run call.