November 9, 1916|
|Died: August 18, 1986
|September 12, 1941, for the Chicago Cubs|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 4, 1947, for the Boston Braves|
|Earned run average||2.96|
Walter Oswald Lanfranconi (November 9, 1916 – August 18, 1986) was a Major League Baseball pitcher. The 155 lb. right-hander played for the Chicago Cubs (1941) and Boston Braves (1947). His career was unusual in that he went almost six years between major league appearances.
Lanfranconi made his major league debut in relief against the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field (September 12, 1941). Twelve days later he started and lost 2–0 to All-Star Bucky Walters and the Cincinnati Reds. Then, as a 30-year-old in 1947, he went 4–4 with one save as a starter and reliever for the Braves. In one of his best games, he defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 7–1 in the nightcap of a 4th of July double-header at Shibe Park with 28,580 fans in attendance.
Lanfranconi died in his hometown of Barre, Vermont at the age of 69.
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