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Larry Demery

athlete

Inducted February 17, 2005

A native of Wasco, Demery pitched all or parts of five seasons in the major leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates. In his major league debut, he faced the Cincinnati Reds and struck out Pete Rose, Ken Griffey Sr., Johnny Bench and Tony Perez in order. Demery compiled a 29-23 won-lost record with a 3.72 earned run average before an arm injury ended his pitching career. His best seasons were in 1975, when he was 7-5 with a 2.90 ERA to help the Pirates win the NL East, and in 1976, when he was 10-7 with a 3.17 ERA. He attended Wasco High before moving on to Locke High School in Los Angeles. There he tossed two no-hitters and was named to the All-City team before he was drafted by the Pirates in the seventh round in 1972.