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Larry Bearnarth
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Larry Bearnarth
Larry Bearnarth
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 260 of 1043 players
Lawrence Donald Bearnarth
Born: September 11, 1941 at New York, N.Y.
Died: December 31, 1999 at Seminole, Fla.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.02 Weight: 203

Larry Bearnarth was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on December 31, 2008, and December 31, 2010.


First Mets game: April 16, 1963
Last Mets game: August 7, 1966

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Ollie Clark
Larry was a great guy. He was also a great basketball player for our high school team at St. Peter's H.S. on Staten Island.

Richard Kissel
I remember Larry coming to a Veteran's Little League (Kingsbridge, the Bronx) Dinner at Alex & Henry's in about 1964 or so. Like many young players, they were promoting the game, which they believed was part of their job. I spoke, by chance, to Phil Pepe (a former Met beat reporter), who had wonderful things to say about Bearnarth as a person.

Bob Hackett
Larry was another hometown hero including St. John's University. The Brewers put him on the roster in '71 so he could get the required pension time as an active player. (5 years then.) He was a great pitching coach.

Bennett Inkeles
December 31, 2004
During the summer of 1966, I attended the Larry Bearnarth Eagle Athletic Camp in Huntington, NY. As you might imagine, we had several players days during the summer, and the highlight, apart from meeting Ron Swoboda (somewhat surly I might add) and Tug McGraw (the exact opposite), was discussing the Frank Robinson deal with Larry. I remember vividly him saying that he was surprised by the trade and that he felt, based on what the Reds got in return, that it would come back to haunt them. His response to my question was both thoughtful and respectful, and to this day, it still blows me away. RIP, Larry.

Ed K
January 6, 2007
Since he did not play on the 1962 Mets, Larry Bearnarth is not remembered as much as some of the original Mets, but he probably qualifies as the Mets top reliever before Tug. He tragically died of a heart attack at the age of 58 on New Year's Eve 1999, the day before Y2K.

Mets fan in Maine
February 12, 2008
With the recent addition to this site of Mets minor league stats (a great feature), I discovered that Bearnarth hung on with the Mets' AAA teams from 1967 through 1970, posting ERAs under four each year. It makes me wonder why he never got another shot with the Mets.

Don Engbers
May 8, 2008
I was a teammate of Larry's at Tidewater in 1970 and he told me about the time the opposing club had the bases loaded with nobody out. Casey Stengel came out to the mound and told him to get the next hitter to hit into a triple play. The next batter did just that!!

Andy Curran
March 9, 2009
To illustrate how players' salaries were more in line with the common man: In 1967-68, I lived in Deer Park, NY in central Long Island. My parents had a basic $25,000 starter home. I had a Newsday route in the next subdivision, which was in the same price range. One of my customers was Larry Bearnarth. I never met him because he always paid for the paper by leaving an envelope in the paper tube on payment day. I don't know why I remember that, but I do.

Frank Spina
April 26, 2009
I remember Larry Bearnarth because he went to St. John's University where my sister and future brother-in-law went. I went to camera day 1963 where the players would walk around and you could take pictures of them. I have one picture of Larry holding our "Canarsie loves the Mets" banner. I was 12 at the time.

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