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Bob Larmore
Born (1896-12-06)December 6, 1896
Anderson, Indiana
Died January 15, 1964(1964-01-15) (aged 67)
St. Louis, Missouri

Robert McKahan "Bob" Larmore (December 6, 1896 – January 15, 1964), known also as "Red" Larmore, was a professional baseball player whose career spanned three seasons, which included one in Major League Baseball (MLB) St. Louis Cardinals (1918). Over his major league career, he batted .286 with two hits, and one run batted in (RBI) in four games played. He played the majority of his career in the minor leagues with the Houston Buffaloes (1918), Houston Buffaloes (1919), Dallas Marines (1919), Cedar Rapids Rabbits (1920), and Joplin Miners (1920). He compiled a .248 batting average in the minors with 254 hits, 33 doubles, 18 triples, and nine home runs in 251 games played. Larmore's MLB career was cut short in 1918 after he enlisted into the United States Navy to fight in World War I. He also attended the University of Missouri after his professional baseball career was over. During his career, he stood at 5 feet 10 inches (178 cm), and weighed 185 pounds (84 kg). Larmore batted, and threw right-handed.

Early life, and St. Louis Cardinals[edit | edit source]

Rogers Hornsby kneeling on the dugout steps.

Larmore was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals as a temporary replacement for Rogers Hornsby (pictured), who was nursing an injury at the time.

Bob Larmore was born in Anderson, Indiana on December 6, 1896 to parents James, and Maude Larmore of Ohio, and Indiana, respectively.[1] Fred G. Larmore owned and operated Larmore Ice Cream Company, which was incorporated in 1918.[2] Bob Larmore attended Central High School in St. Louis Missouri.[3][4] In May 1918, while still in high school, Larmore was signed by the Major League Baseball (MLB) St. Louis Cardinals.[4] Before signing with Cardinals' manager Branch Rickey, Larmore informed him that he wished to continue attending school.[4] He was the first player in the history of Major League Baseball to be playing for a team while still attending high school.[5] Larmore's teachers at school allowed him to leave at noon every day to go to Cardinal Field.[4] He was intended to be the fill-in at shortstop for St. Louis, who were absent a player at that position due to an injury to Rogers Hornsby.[4]

Larmore made his MLB debut as a pinch runner on May 14, 1918, in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies.[6] His first MLB hit came on May 18, in a game against the Boston Braves.[7] On June 22, Larmore made his final MLB appearance. On the season with the Cardinals, he batted .286 with two hits, and one run batted in (RBI) in four games played. Larmore was farmed out to the minor league Houston Buffaloes of the Class B Texas League in late-June.[5] With the Houston club, he batted .238 with five hits in eight games. In July, the Texas League suspended its operations due to World War I.[5] That month, Larmore was re-called to the major leagues.[5] However, he never made an appearance.[5] In August, he enlisted into the United States Navy to fight in World War I.[5][8]

Minor leagues, and later life[edit | edit source]

At the start of the 1919 season, the St. Louis Cardinals sold Larmore to the minor league Houston Buffaloes.[9] He reported to spring training with Houston in April 1919.[10] On June 18, he was traded to the Dallas Marines, also of the Texas League, in exchange for Billy Patterson.[11] Between the two clubs, he batted .240 with 124 hits, 20 doubles, seven triples, and three home runs in 110 games played. His last professional baseball season came in 1920. At the start of the season, Larmore played with the Cedar Rapids Rabbits of the Class-B Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League. With the Rabbits, he batted .266 with 111 hits, 12 doubles, 10 triples, and four home runs in 111 games played. Larmore then joined the Joplin Miners of the Class A Western League. He batted .194 with 14 hits, one double, and one triple in 22 games played.

After his career was over, Larmore enrolled at University of Missouri, and pledged Beta Theta Pi.[12] By 1930, he was working as a salesman for his brother's ice cream company.[13] He resided in St. Louis, Missouri with his wife Mary, and their child, Constance.[14] Larmore died on January 15, 1964 in St. Louis. He was buried at Oak Grove Cemetery in St. Louis.

References[edit | edit source]

Inline citations
  1. "Bob Larmore Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/larmobo01.shtml. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  2. "Bob Larmore Minor League Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=larmor001rob. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
General references
  1. "1920 United States Census". U.S. Census Bureau. U.S. Federal Government. 
  2. Roster. St. Louis, Missouri: St. Louis Chamber of Commerce. p. 204. 
  3. "University of Missouri Tigers (Columbia, MO)". Baseball-Reference.com. http://www.baseball-reference.com/schools/missouri.shtml. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 "Cardinals Have Real School Boy". Mansfield, Ohio. 1 June 1918. p. 5. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 "Sports Snap Shots". Lima, Ohio. 31 July 1918. pp. 10. 
  6. "Phillies Take Cardinal Game". Bridgeport, Connecticut. 15 May 1918. p. 3. 
  7. "Braves Make 11 Runs And Blank Cardinals". 19 May 1918. p. 19. 
  8. "Robert Larmore Joins Navy". Grand Rapids, Wisconsin. 29 August 1918. p. 3. 
  9. "Houston Gets Two St. Louis Fielders". San Antonio, Texas. 9 March 1919. p. 20. 
  10. "Two Baseball Players Obtained By Houston Leave St. Louis". Galveston, Texas. 8 April 1919. p. 4. 
  11. "Shortstop Larmore Goes in Trade for Ham Pat's Brother". Galveston, Texas. 19 June 1919. p. 3. 
  12. "Beta Theta Pi". Columbia, Missouri: University of Missouri. 1921. p. 266. 
  13. "1930 United States Census". U.S. Census Bureau. U.S. Federal Government. 
  14. "Robert Larmore". Anderson, Indiana. 17 January 1964. p. 2. 

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