Larry Shepard

From BR Bullpen


Lawrence William Shepard

BR Manager page

Biographical Information[edit]

Larry Shepard was 179-84 as a pitcher in the minor leagues between 1941 and 1958, missing the 1942-1945 seasons due to military service. He led the 1948 Far West League with 22 wins for the Medford Dodgers. Shepard led the Pioneer League in wins in 1949 and 1950 with the Billings Mustangs going 21-6 and 22-6, and leading with a 2.54 ERA in 1950 also. With Billings in 1951, he set a personal best with 24 wins, but was 2 behind league leader Lawrence Manier.

Shepard was player-manager for Medford in 1948, Billings in 1949-1951, and the Charleston Rebels for part of 1953. He was a pitcher for the 1952-1953 Hollywood Stars. In 1954 he began a two year stint as manager of the Williamsport Grays, then managed the Lincoln Chiefs in 1956 and 1957, the Salt Lake City Bees from 1958 to 1960 (where he pitched his last 7 games in 1958), and finally the Columbus Jets for 6 years (1961-1966). His teams won league titles in 1950, 1956, 1957, and 1959. He also coached the team with the best record in 1961 and 1965. Leaving the Pittsburgh Pirates organization he had been with since 1952, he was a Philadelphia Phillies coach in 1967. Shepard returned to the Pirates, managing the 1968 and 1969 Bucs before being replaced by Alex Grammas late in 1969. He went on to coach for the Cincinnati Reds from 1970 to 1978 and was a member of the San Francisco Giants coaching staff in 1979.

Preceded by
Danny Murtaugh
Pittsburgh Pirates Manager
Succeeded by
Alex Grammas

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1948 Medford Nuggets Far West League 66-56 2nd Brooklyn Dodgers Lost in 1st round
1949 Billings Mustangs Pioneer League 77-48 2nd Brooklyn Dodgers Lost League Finals
1950 Billings Mustangs Pioneer League 72-54 3rd Brooklyn Dodgers League Champs
1951 Billings Mustangs Pioneer League 65-70 6th Brooklyn Dodgers
1953 Charleston Rebels South Atlantic League 43-49 7th Pittsburgh Pirates replaced Norman Shope June 1
1954 Williamsport Grays Eastern League 63-77 7th Pittsburgh Pirates
1955 Williamsport Grays Eastern League 71-66 5th Pittsburgh Pirates
1956 Lincoln Chiefs Western League 84-54 2nd Pittsburgh Pirates League Champs
1957 Lincoln Chiefs Western League 98-56 1st Pittsburgh Pirates none League Champs
1958 Salt Lake City Bees Pacific Coast League 77-77 5th Pittsburgh Pirates none
1959 Salt Lake City Bees Pacific Coast League 85-69 1st Pittsburgh Pirates none League Champs
1960 Salt Lake City Bees Pacific Coast League 80-73 3rd Pittsburgh Pirates none
1961 Columbus Jets International League 92-62 1st Pittsburgh Pirates Lost in 1st round
1962 Columbus Jets International League 80-74 5th Pittsburgh Pirates
1963 Columbus Jets International League 75-73 5th Pittsburgh Pirates
1964 Columbus Jets International League 68-85 6th Pittsburgh Pirates
1965 Columbus Jets International League 85-61 1st Pittsburgh Pirates Lost League Finals
1966 Columbus Jets International League 82-65 2nd Pittsburgh Pirates Lost in 1st round
1968 Pittsburgh Pirates National League 80-82 6th Pittsburgh Pirates
1969 Pittsburgh Pirates National League 84-73 -- Pittsburgh Pirates replaced by Alex Grammas on September 26

He also managed the Phillies entry in the 1967 Florida Instructional League.

Related Sites[edit]