Date and Place of Birth: August 18, 1915 Denton, North Carolina
Died: January 30, 2007 Dunnellon, Florida
Military Unit: US Army
Area Served: United States
M “Max” Lanier was born on August 18, 1915 in
He made his debut with the Cardinals the
following spring and pitched in 18 games for a 0-3 record and 4.20
ERA. Lanier spent 1939 between
Lanier was 13-8 in 1942 and won a World Series
game against the Senators. In 1943, he was 15-7 with a 1.90 ERA and
won a career-high 17 games in 1944. The two-time all-star appeared
in just four games in 1945 before military service beckoned on May
24. Private Lanier was with the Army at
Criticism and speculation surrounded his early release, but this finally cleared up by the War Department. "A report has been received from the appropriate commander in the field,” the department announced in December 1945, “stating that Private Lanier was discharged by reason of dependency after his application and all supporting evidence were reviewed by a board of four officers."
He was back with the Cardinals in 1946 although
a contract dispute created more controversy. Nevertheless, Lanier
got off to an incredible start, winning his first six starts – two
of which were shutouts – for a 1.93 ERA. But during a road trip to
Lanier had back-to-back 11-9 records in 1950
and 1951. He was traded to the New York Giants in 1952 and was with
the St Louis Browns in 1953. He later became a
His son, Hal Lanier, was an infielder with the Giants and Yankees between 1964 and 1973.
Max Lanier passed away on January 30, 2007 in
Created February 19, 2008.
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