Lawrence Herbert “Larry” French (November 1, 1907 - February 9, 1987) spent 14 seasons as a Major League Baseball starting pitcher and a fearsome foe on the mound, thanks to his knuckleball. French made his big league debut as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates (1929-1934), and in six seasons compiled an 87-83 record with a 3.44 ERA. The lefthander appeared in more than 40 games seven straight years, beginning with a league-high 47 in 1932. He led the National League in starts (35) in 1933, while going 18-13 with one of the best ERA’s of his professional career (2.72) and five shutouts. As a member of the Chicago Cubs (1935-1941), he continued to post impressive numbers, and in seven years was 95-84 with a 3.54 ERA. French recorded 40 career shutouts, leading the NL in 1935 (4) and 1936 (4). He also ignited the Cubbies’ 21-game winning streak to capture the 1935 NL pennant (winning five in that stretch), and was named to his only All-Star Game in 1940, while going 14-14 in the regular season. After joining the Brooklyn Dodgers in the middle of the 1941 campaign, Larry went 15-4 during his stay (1941-1942), with a 1.83 ERA in 1942. French had a career 191-171 record with a 3.44 ERA, 1,187 strikeouts, and 198 complete games. After retiring from baseball, he joined the United States Navy during World War II and spent more than 25 years in the service, eventually attaining the rank of captain. Larry was considered by some as the best pitcher to not be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.