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Bill LandrumThomas William LandrumBorn: Aug. 17, 1957 in Columbia, S.C.Debut: Aug. 31, 1986 | Pos: PH: 6’2″ | W: 200 | B: R | T: RYr W L G SV IP SO ERA8 18 15 268 58 361.1 218 3.39>> Visit the Bill Landrum biography on Baseball Almanac for complete statistics.Bill Landrum’s minor league career began in 1981, but it took him until 1989 to find a major role with the Pittsburgh Pirates.In that 1989 season, the 31-year-old South Carolina native stepped in to pitch 81 innings with a 1.67 ERA and to pick up 26 saves for the Pirates.He made his debut with the Reds in 1986 and pitched again for Cincinnati in 1987. On April 1, 1988, the Reds sent him to the Cubs for Luis Quinones. He pitched just 12.1 innings for the Cubs in 1988 and was granted free agency at the end of the season. That led to his signing with the Pirates.His opportunity with the Pirates came with an injury to reliever Jim Gott. On June 13, Landrum picked up his first of 26 saves that season.He pitched two scoreless innings in the Pirates NLCS loss to the Reds in 1990 and he pitched an inning in the 1991 NLCS loss to the Braves.After playing for the Expos and then for the Reds, his season came to a close when he had knee and shoulder surgery on the same day. He attempted a short comeback in the minor leagues.Landrum’s father, Joe, pitched in the major leagues. Bill played for Spring Valley High School in South Carolina before attending Spartanburg Methodist College. He transferred to the University of South Carolina.Today, he lives on Lake Murray in South Carolina and works in real estate and works for a golf club.Sources:Total Baseball”Bill Landrum overcomes many doubters,” The State. July 17, 2004. online edition.