Former Professional Baseball Player,
The Phillies' first draft selection in June 1972,
the 6'4" Christensen won his ML debut in 1973 at age 19.
He improved each year, and in 1977 went 19-6, winning 15 of
his last 16. Hampered by injuries, he underwent three elbow
operations and, in a 1979 charity bike-a thon, broke his collarbone.
He was knocked out in the first inning of Game Four of the
1980 WS, but won a divisional playoff game for the Phillies
in strike-shortened 1981. He hit 11 career homers.
Phillies Record: Shares record, most home
runs hit, pitcher, career, 11
Notable: All 11 ML seasons were with Phillies,
most for any pitcher, and second in tenure to Mike Schmidt's
18 seasons. First ML hit was a home run. Won ML debut, 7-1,
as a 19-year-old, a complete game five-hitter versus the
Larry Christenson is a member of Lu Lu Shriners,
Plymouth Meeting, PA.