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Harry Frank Coveleski (April 23, 1886 – August 4, 1950) was a Major League Baseball pitcher with the Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds, and Detroit Tigers. Born in Shamokin, Pennsylvania, he began his career with the Phillies in the midst of a late-season, September playoff race against the New York Giants. In five days, Coveleski beat the Giants three times to earn the nickname "The Giant Killer". Traded to the Reds, he had a disappointing season, including a game in which he walked sixteen batters, and was out of the Major Leagues for three seasons. Harry Coveleski joined the Detroit Tigers in the 1914 season, where he pitched over 300 innings, completed 23 of his 36 games, and won 22 games, second in the American League only to Walter Johnson. In four of his five seasons with the Tigers, Coveleski's ERA was under three, and his 2.34 ERA with the Tigers is still the franchise's all-time career record.


Baseball Hall of Famer Stan Coveleski is the younger brother of Harry Coveleski.

In a 1976 Esquire magazine article, sportswriter Harry Stein published an "All Time All-Star Argument Starter," consisting of five ethnic baseball teams. Harry Coveleski was the left-handed pitcher on Stein's Polish team.

In the 2008-2009 comic I Kill Giants, the protagonist calls her warhammer "Coveleski," later explaining it is named after Harry Coveleski.

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