In Memory of Jack Lamabe

Former baseball coach Lamabe dies, 71
December 21, 2007

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BATON ROUGE -- Jack Lamabe, LSU's first full-time baseball coach, died Friday. He was 71.

Lamabe came to LSU after a stint at Jacksonville University, where former LSU coach Smoke Laval played catcher for Lamabe's team.

He was born in Farmingdale, N.Y., and was a graduate of the University of Vermont.

He signed with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1956 and made his Major League debut with the Boston Red Sox in April 1962. He was 7-4, had six saves with a 3.15 ERA that season.

The Cardinals picked Lamabe up in July 1967. Lamabe pitched shutout ball in eight appearances in August in helping St. Louis take the National League pennant and was the losing pitcher against Boston in the 1967 World Series, a 7-2 Cardinals loss.

Lamabe is survived by his wife Janet and two children, John and Jennifer, and has lived in Baton Rouge since he took the LSU job in 1979.

After leaving LSU after the 1983 season, when Skip Bertman was named LSU's head coach, Lamabe worked in professional baseball, many of those years as minor-league pitching instructor and evaluator for the San Diego Padres.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete.