Larry McWilliams Essentials

Bats: L Throws: L
Height: 77 Weight: 180
Born: Wednesday, February 10, 1954 in Wichita, KS USA
Died: in ,
Debut: 7/17/1978
Last Game: 5/12/1990
Full Name: Larry Dean McWilliams

Larry McWiliams, pitcher for the Pirates from 1982 until 1986. He was a first round draft pick of the Braves in 1974, and had pitched for them in the majors since 1978 when the Pirates traded for him on June 30,1982, sending Pascual Perez to Atlanta. McWilliams was a starter his first four seasons in the majors, but was moved to the bullpen for 1982 and was struggling with a 6.21 ERA before the Pirates picked him up. He would move back to the starting role in Pittsburgh and cut his ERA in half with a 6-5, 3.11 record. In 1983 he had his best big league season, going 15-8, 3.25 in 38 starts. He finished fifth in the NL Cy Young award voting. Hie ERA improved to 2.93 the following season, but the Pirates were a sub .500 team and it showed in his 12-11 record. McWilliams was moved to the bullpen late in 1985, and then he went back and forth between the starting and relieving roles in 1986. He posted a 4.70 ERA in 1985 and a 5.15 in 1986. He was released by the Pirates following the 1986 season and went on to play for four teams over the next four seasons before retiring as a player.