Born: May 6, 1953
The Portland, Ore. native first made the majors with the Indians in 1975. With stints in Seattle and Philadephia along the way, he landed with the Astros during their storied 1986 season.
Andersen was a solid right-handed middle-relief pitcher. His incisive wit and clubhouse pranks made him a fan and clubhouse favorite. His dugout appearances with bullpen-mate Charley Kerfeld wearing "cone-head" masks are still fond memories for anyone who watched the 1986 Astros.
Looking to the 1990 stretch drive, Boston acquired Andersen from Houston during the mid-season in exchange for minor-league prospect Jeff Bagwell. Jeff and Larry still laugh about it, and while Andersen did help the BoSox into the post-season that year (15 games, 1.23 ERA), Boston fans see it as a continuation of the "Curse of the Bambino," since Bagwell went on to become the 1991 NL Rookie of the Year, 1994 NL Most Valuable Player, and seems a certain first-ballot future Hall-of-Famer.
Larry played just a few short months in Boston. The next four seasons would see him pitch for San Diego, then back to Philadelphia, where he retired after the 1994 season. In all, he appeared in two World Series for Philadelphia (1983 and 1993), and made the playoffs with Houston (1986) and Boston (1990). After retiring, he coached in the Philadelphia farm system, then joined former Astros announcer Harry Kalas in the Phillies' broadcast booth in 1998 as a color commentator.