French, Lawrence, CAPT

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310X-Supply Corps Officer
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Line Officer
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1950-1954, 1955, Naval Reserve Forces Command
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1943 - 1969

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San Diego, California

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Feb 09, 1987
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Larry French


Date and Place of Birth: November 1, 1907 Visalia, California

Died: February 9, 1987 San Diego, California

Baseball Experience: Major League
Position: Pitcher
Rank: Lieutenant
Military Unit: US Navy

Area Served: European and Pacific Theaters of Operations


Larry French

Lawrence H “Larry” French was born in Visalia, California on November 1, 1907. He attended the University of California at Berkeley before embarking on a professional baseball career.

Before entering military service on January 8, 1943, French had won 197 games with the Pirates, Cubs and Dodgers. He appeared in three World Series, was selected for the 1940 National League all-star team, and his .789 winning percentage (15 wins and 4 losses) in 1942 was the circuit's best.

French served as a lieutenant with the US Navy Supply Corps, providing spare parts for landing craft. He played his only service baseball games of the war in England, after arriving there in December 1943. In his first outing in mid-April, French allowed just three hits in an 8-1 win over an opposing Navy team.


Lieutenant French later served on the USS New York during the Okinawa invasion. He was recalled to active service during the Korean War and made the Navy a career, retiring in 1969 having attained the rank of captain.

Larry French passed away in San Diego on February 9, 1987. He was 79.

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Sponsors Note:   I recently learned of the Navy service of former Major League Baseball Pitcher, Lawrence "Larry" French.  It seems little information is available on his Navy servce, so I would be glad to accept and appreciate any information for inclusion.  This profile will be quite incomplete, but is intended to honor Larrys service none the less.

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Famous baseball player and WW2 Navy Veteran who went on to retire as a Captain.

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