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Bucky Harris

Second Baseman/Manager/Executive
Born: November 8, 1896
Port Jervis, New York
Died: November 8, 1977 (aged 81)
Bethesda, Maryland
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
August 28, 1919 for the Washington Senators
Last MLB appearance
June 12, 1931 for the Detroit Tigers
Career statistics
Batting average     .274
Hits     1297
Runs batted in     506
Stolen bases     167
Managerial record     2157-2218
Teams

As Player

As Manager

Career highlights and awards
Member of the National
Empty Star.svg Empty Star.svg Empty Star.svg Baseball Hall of Fame Empty Star.svg Empty Star.svg Empty Star.svg
Induction     1975
Election Method     Veteran's Committee

Stanley Raymond "Bucky" Harris (November 8, 1896 – November 8, 1977) was a Major League Baseball player, manager and executive. He was born in Port Jervis, New York and discovered by baseball promoter Joe Engel, who led the Chattanooga Lookouts at Engel Stadium.

In 1919, at the age of 22, Harris came up to the Washington Senators, where his initial performance was unimpressive.[1] Harris' batting average was a meager .214, and he participated in only eight games in his first season.[1] Despite this poor showing, club owner Clark Griffith made him Washington's regular second baseman in 1920, and before long, Harris was batting .300, while distinguishing himself as a tough competitor.[1] The young player stood up even to the ferocious Ty Cobb, who threatened Harris when he tagged Cobb in their first encounter.[1]

Harris spent most of his playing career as a second baseman with Washington Senators (1919–28). One of baseball's "boy managers", Harris both played for and managed the Senators beginning in 1924. At the age of 27, he was the youngest regular major league manager, also serving as the team's second baseman.[1] Harris directed the team to a World Series Championship in his rookie season and the AL pennant the following year.[2] Baseball historian William C. Kashatus noted that, during the 1924 World Series, Harris excelled as a player.[3] "Not only did he set records for chances accepted, double plays and put-outs in the exciting seven-game affair, but he batted .333 and hit two home runs".[3]

After leaving the Senators initially in 1928 (he would twice return to manage them again from 1935–42 and from 1950–54), Harris was traded to the Detroit Tigers as player-manager.[4] His playing career essentially ended in 1928, though he had a few cameo appearances with the Tigers in 1929 and 1931. He managed the Tigers twice (1929–33, 1955–56), Boston Red Sox (1934), Philadelphia Phillies (briefly known as the Blue Jays, 1943), and the 1947 World Champion New York Yankees.[4] He closed his 29-year managing career with the 1956 Tigers,[4] then rejoined the Red Sox as assistant general manager in 1957–58. He succeeded Joe Cronin as Boston's GM in January 1959 and served two seasons in that post before his release in September 1960. Late in his career, Harris was a scout for the Chicago White Sox and special assistant for the expansion Washington franchise that existed from 1961–71.

Bucky Harris died in Bethesda, Maryland, on his 81st birthday. In 1975, the Veterans Committee elected Harris, as a manager, to the Hall of Fame.[4]

During his 29-season managerial career, Harris presided over two world championships and three pennants.[4] He is sixth in MLB manager career wins with 2,157 wins to his name.[4]

Harris is mentioned in a version of Abbott & Costello's famous Who's on First? routine.

Parents: Thomas Harris, born ca. 1867, England or Wales, and Catherine (Rupp) Harris, born Hughestown, Pennsylvania; brother: Merle Harris, born Pennsylvania.

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Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e Kashatus (2002), p. 74.
  2. ^ Kashatus (2002), pp. 74–76.
  3. ^ a b Kashatus (2002), p. 75.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Kashatus (2002), p. 76.

References

  • Kashatus, William C. (2002). Diamonds in the Coalfields: 21 Remarkable Baseball Players, Managers, and Umpires from Northeast Pennsylvania. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company. ISBN 9780786411764.

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