Lawrence Herbert French
- February 9 1987
) was a starting pitcher
in Major League Baseball
who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates
(1929-1934), Chicago Cubs
(1935-1941) and Brooklyn Dodgers
(1941). French batted right handed and threw left handed. He was born in Visalia, California
In a 14-season career, French posted a 191-171 record with 1187 strikeouts and a 3.44 ERA in 3152.0 innings pitched, including 40 shutouts and 198 complete games.
French died in San Diego, California, at age 79.
With his team leading the Braves 8-0 in the ninth inning, reliever Larry French of the 1933 Pirates figured he could duck out of the bullpen and hit the showers early. Little did he know as he was getting Zest-fully clean that the braves had rallied to make the score 8-7. When the call came for French to pitch, he didn't even have time to rinse off. He put on his uniform and hustled out to the mound with soap trickling down his neck. He went on to pull off a squeaky-clean win.
- National League All-Star (1940)
- 3-time won 18 games (1932-33, 1936)
- Led NL in starts (35, 1933)
- Twice led NL in shutouts (four, in 1935 and 1936)