Hubert Max Lanier
Born: Aug. 18, 1915 in Denton, N.C.
Died: Jan. 30, 2007 in Dunnellon, Fla.
Debut: 1938 | Pos: P
H: 5'10" | W: 187 | B: R | T: L
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Max Lanier, a pitcher who won 108 games in the major leagues, died on Jan. 30, 2007 in Dunnellon, Fla. He was 91.
Lanier pitched 14 seasons in the majors, posting a 108-82 record with 821 strikeouts in 1,619.1 innings pitched. He had a 3.01 career ERA and 17 saves.
Lanier made his debut with the Cardinals in 1938 and pitched the majority of his career with the team, staying in St. Louis until 1951. In December 1951, he was traded by the Cardinals, along with Chuck Diering, to the Giants for Eddie Stanky. He pitched for the Giants in 1952 and 1953 and finished up his career with the St. Louis Browns in 1953.
His most productive seasons came in 1943 and 1944 with he was 15-7 and 17-12 for the Cardinals. He was named an All-Star both seasons.
He pitched in three World Series -- the Cardinals win over the Yankees in 1944, the loss to the Yankees in 1943 and the win over the Browns in 1944. His World Series numbers include a 2-1 record and a 1.71 ERA in 31.2 innings pitched.
Following his career as a player, he worked as a manager in the minor leagues. His son, Hal, was named National League Manager of the Year in 1986 with Houston.