Lawrence William Shepard (April 3, 1919 – April 5, 2011) was an American professional baseball player, manager and pitching coach. He managed the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball to a 164–155 win-loss record in 1968 and 1969.During his playing days, the native of Lakewood, Ohio, was a right-handed pitcher who played minor league baseball from 1941 through 1956, with time out for military service during World War II.

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  • Lawrence William Shepard (April 3, 1919 – April 5, 2011) was an American professional baseball player, manager and pitching coach. He managed the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball to a 164–155 win-loss record in 1968 and 1969.During his playing days, the native of Lakewood, Ohio, was a right-handed pitcher who played minor league baseball from 1941 through 1956, with time out for military service during World War II. He attended McGill University in Montréal, Québec.Shepard became a playing manager in the Brooklyn Dodgers' farm system in 1948, with the Medford Nuggets of the Class D Far West League. His club finished second, thanks to the 22–3 record of his star pitcher – Shepard himself. He then moved up to the Billings Mustangs of the Class C Pioneer League, where, as a pitcher, he won 21, 22 and 24 games in successive (1949–51) seasons. As a skipper, his 1949 club won the league playoffs.In 1952 and part of 1953, Shepard took a break from managing, becoming strictly a relief pitcher for the Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League. Concurrently, he left the Dodger system for the Pirates' organization. He resumed his managerial career in the middle of the 1953 season in the Pittsburgh system, winning the 1956 and 1957 Western League championships with the Lincoln Chiefs. From 1958 through 1966, he managed at the Triple-A level for Pittsburgh with the Salt Lake City Bees and Columbus Jets, notching three first-place finishes.In 1967, Shepard reached the Major League level when he was named pitching coach of the Philadelphia Phillies. After only one season, he was appointed manager of the Pirates. In his two seasons as skipper of the Bucs, Pittsburgh finished sixth in the ten-team National League in 1968 (with a record of 80–82) and were fourth in the NL East at 84–73 in 1969 when Shepard was released on September 25. During his two seasons at the helm he managed the legendary Roberto Clemente, who batted .291 and .336 under Shepard.After his firing by the Pirates, Shepard returned to the coaching ranks. He was the pitching coach of the fabled Cincinnati Reds "Big Red Machine" dynasty under Sparky Anderson from 1970 through 1978, and finished his coaching career with the San Francisco Giants in 1979. (en)
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