Lanier, 91, buried with Cardinals cap

Updated: February 5, 2007, 4:55 PM ET
Associated Press

DUNELLON, Fla. -- Max Lanier, who pitched in three consecutive World Series for the St. Louis Cardinals during World War II, has died. He was 91.

He died last Tuesday and was buried with a Cardinals cap last weekend, son Hal Lanier, a former major league infielder, said Monday.

"My dad was very tough when he put in his uniform and went on the mound," Hal Lanier said. "Whoever he was facing."

Born Hubert Lanier in Denton, N.C., Max Lanier spent 12 seasons with the Cardinals between 1938 and 1951, pitching in the 1942, 1943 and 1944 World Series, posting a 2-1 record in seven games. The Cardinals beat the New York Yankees in 1942, lost a rematch the following year and beat the St. Louis Browns in 1944.

He led the National League with a 1.90 ERA in 1943. He had a career record of 108-82, including stints with the New York Giants and the Browns in 1952 and 1953. He later managed in the minor leagues.


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