Share your memories of Larry Stahl
HERE IS WHAT OTHER METS FANS HAVE TO SAY:
November 24, 2001
Got this guy from the A's. I remember his Topps Card in '68... extremely impressive set of ears. How this guy didn't get cork-screwed into the outfield grass with the swirling Shea winds, I'll never know.
June 30, 2002
All I can remember is that my father a friend and I attended a game in the summer of 68 and Larry was playing center field like a pro and hit the game winning homer that day which was suprising cause he didnt hit many. Every time I mention his name to a Met fan they say, Who?
FRED of Nyack
March 24, 2003
He hit a monster home run to centerfield in a spring training game that I heard on the radio in the days when spring training games were always broadcast. They also spoke of a 500 plus foot home run he had hit as a Kansas City Athletic. When he came to Shea and I got to see him in person, it wasn't quite Don Bosch time but I saw a short, balding unassuming man who didn't look at all like a ballplayer much less one capable of epic clouts.
December 6, 2006
Known for his ears and a colossal home run hit as a Kansas City Athletic.
January 26, 2008
It's funny that Larry Stahl seems to be so obscure a player as a Met. He's one of the ealiest Met players I remember as a kid, along with Jim Gosger, Greg Goosen, Kevin Collins and Don Bosch. I don't remember anything specifically that I saw him do, as I was very young then, but I always remembered the name and what he looked like and that he was in a lot of games at a certain time in Met history--right before they got good. Maybe you just remember the first guys you ever saw play better than the guys you saw afterwards when you got older.
February 12, 2008
Stahl hit less than 20 lifetime homers but if I'm correct, one of them in '66 as a KC A traveled 500 feet!
Not as a MET...
July 22, 2008
Twice I bumped into Larry at different restaurants in Mnahattan. Both times I saw him with a large mug of beer and a cigarette; no food.
One time he was with Jack Fisher at an Italian restaurant called Tantillos on the east side and Jack had a huge plate of pasta with sausage with a loaf of garlic bread and Larry had his beer and cig.
He seemed like a good guy.
Maybe if he ate more he could have hit more.
September 19, 2008
My first memory of Larry Stahl was his 1974 Cincinnati Reds Topps card when I was 8 years old. I considered all Reds to be great players back then since they won a lot and when I looked at the back of his card I was surprised and happy to see that he was once a Met. Since he began his career in the early 60's he seemed very "old" to me although he was only 32 at the time (hey, I was only 8). Interestingly, his last ABs in his career were in the 1973 playoffs vs the Mets when he went 2 - 4 (all pinch hitting it seems). The Reds then released him late in Spring Training in 1974 never to play in the Majors again but his card must have been already printed. That used to happen sometimes with players on cards back then.
May 8, 2017
Iâ€™m not old enough to remember Larry as a Met, but I
do recall him playing for the Padres in 1972. He drew
a ninth-inning walk that kept the Cubsâ€™ Milt Pappas
from pitching a perfect game that year. Pappas, for
the rest of his life, was upset with umpire Bruce Froemming
Froemming over the call of that last pitch. Froemming
went on to a 37-year career as an ump in the major
leagues, but has yet to be inducted into the Hall of
Fame. The national media, which is pathetically
obsessed with the northside Chicago team, is likely
using this â€œCall to Stahlâ€ as a reason for not voting
for him. Hey, itâ€™s something that was against their
dear-little Cubbies! Nothing against Larry, but if he
had made the final out in that time at bat, Froemming
would have his well-deserved plaque in Cooperstown by