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Former Tigers pitcher Lary dies at 87

Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Frank Lary, who won 123 games over 11 seasons, died this week, the team announced Friday. He was 87.

The Northport, Ala., native died Wednesday night after being hospitalized in Tuscaloosa with pneumonia.

"The Detroit Tigers are saddened to learn of the passing of Frank Lary. A three-time All-Star and a Gold Glove winner in 1961, Frank spent 11 years of his 12-year Major League career in Detroit. The Tigers organization extends our deepest sympathies to Frank's wife, Emma, and their family," the Tigers said in a statement.

Lary, nicknamed the "Yankee Killer" after going 27-10 against the New York Yankees from 1955-61, pitched with the Tigers from 1954-64. The right-hander led the American League with 21 wins in 1956, was a two-time All-Star and won the Gold Glove Award in 1961.

Lary, who also played for the New York Mets, Milwaukee Braves and Chicago White Sox, went 128-116 with a 3.49 ERA in 350 games (292 starts).

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