Lawrence Joseph “Larry” Jansen (July 16, 1920 - October 10, 2009) pitched four years in the Pacific Coast League with the San Francisco Seals and led the PCL in win (30), ERA (1.97) and winning percentage (.833) before the New York Giants swooped in and purchased the right-hander once the season ended. Jansen took the National League by storm as he went 21-5 with a league leading .808 winning percentage and finished second to color-barrier breaker Jackie Robinson in 1947 National League Rookie of the Year voting. Though Robinson put up respectable numbers, Jansen unquestionably earned and easily could have taken the coveted first year honor. From 1947 to 1951, Larry averaged 19 wins, 18 complete games, three shutouts and 130 strikeouts each year and helped the Giants win the “miracle pennant” in 1951. Jansen went 0-2 in the 1951 World Series. He led the NL in wins in 1951 with 23 and shared the league lead in shutouts in 1950 with five and was named an NL All-Star each of those years. Larry Jansen pitched nine years in the Major Leagues with the Giants (1947-1954) and the Cincinnati Reds (1956). Unfortunately for Jansen, nagging arm issues kept him from participating in the 1954 World Series championship, though he did receive a ring for his regular season efforts. Larry Jansen finished his career with a 122-89 record, 842 strikeouts, 107 complete games, 17 shutouts, 10 saves and a 3.58 ERA in 291 games and 237 starts. Following his playing career, Larry managed in the PCL with the Portland Beavers and the Seattle Rainiers before returning to the Giants, now in San Francisco, to serve as pitching coach. He guided future Hall of Famers Juan Marichal and Gaylord Perry and many other pitchers for 11 seasons and then went to work for the Chicago Cubs as pitching coach in 1972 and 1973.