Larry Yount: Dream Chaser
How close did you come to your dreams?
I was reminded of this piece of infamous history after watching Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher, Shawn Tolleson, make his MLB debut yesterday. Tolleson was removed after walking the first two batters he faced in his career.
The story of Larry Yount is excruciating. Imagine coming within moments of your childhood dream and never getting a chance to fulfill it. On September 15, 1971, the 21-year-old right-hander entered the game in the ninth-inning, making his MLB debut for the Houston Astros.
Yount threw several warm-up pitches before experiencing severe pain in his elbow, which forced him to leave without throwing a pitch in the game. Unfortunately, he never reached the majors again. He finished his career having never faced an official batter in MLB, entering the record books with the shortest career in history. Since Yount was announced into the game, he is officially listed as appearing in one career game.
1 Game / 0IP / 0H / 0R / 0ER / 0BB / 0K
Imagine the ecstasy and agony in one family…. His brother, Robin, played his entire 20-year career with the Milwaukee Brewers and entered the Hall of Fame in 1999. Meanwhile, Larry never got a chance to compete at the highest level.
Since 1950, there have been 31 occasions in which a pitcher has not recorded an out during a season. Hopefully, Tolleson will not become a member of this notorious club.