Larry Jaster had an interesting career,
Jaster made his major league debut on September 17, 1965 versus the Los Angeles Dodgers at the age of 21. He finished the year with a record of 3–0 and an ERA of 1.61. All three of Jaster’s starts were complete game victories.
Shutout Dodgers Five Times
Jaster spent most of 1966 in the big leagues where he finished with a record of 11–5 with an ERA of 3.26 which earned him a tie for 4th in the Rookie of the Year balloting for that season. The main highlight of Jaster’s 1966 season, were his league leading five shutouts, all of which were against the NL pennant winning Los Angeles Dodgers. He shutout Dodgers five times!
- beat Claude Osteen 2-0 on April 25 at LA BOXSCORE
- beat Drysdale 2-0 on July 3 at LA BOXSCORE
- outpitched Drysdale again 4-0 on July 29 in St. Louis BOXSCORE
- topped Osteen 4-0 on Aug. 19 at LA BOXSCORE
- beat Sutton 2-0 on Sept. 28 in St. Louis BOXSCORE
The average time of the five games was two hours, 14 minutes.
Because of his success against Los Angeles, some people nicknamed Jaster ‘The Dodger Killer’. Others gave him the nickname, ‘The Creeper’.
Couldn’t Beat the Other Teams
Over Jaster’s seven-year MLB playing career, he batted .170. Of his twenty-nine career hits, only three were for extra bases, two of which were home runs.
Jaster pitched two more years for St. Louis but never won more than nine games in a season. On May 31, 1968, Jaster pitched no-hit baseball for 7.2 innings against the New York Mets. After retiring the first twenty-three batters he faced, Jaster gave up a single to Greg Goossen.
In his 4-yr Cardinals career, he was 35-33 with a 3.65 ERA and fanned 313 batters. He was part of the 1967 World Series Championship team.