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Bucky Harris

Bucky Harris

Position(s):
2B, SS, 3B, OF
Born:
November 8, 1896
Bats:
Right
Throws:
Right
Height:
5' 9"
Weight:
156 lbs
Major League Debut:
8-28-1919 with WS1
Hall of Fame:
1975

Unform Number

#34 (1931), #32 (1932, 1955-1956), #27 (1934), #35 (1935), #30 (1936-1940), #28 (1941-1942), #24 (1943), #37 (1947-1948), #50 (1951-1954)

Best Season

Everything went right for Harris in 1924. He led AL second basemen in nearly every defensive category, managed the Senators to their first Ameican League pennant, and starred in the World Series. Harris hit .333 (11-for-33) with two homers (as many as he'd hit in any one season), and seven RBI. The Senators defeated the New York Giants in seven games.

Factoid 1

Bucky Harris, Gabby Hartnett and Joe Tinker, are the only Hall of Famers who died on their birthdays.

Transition

Traded by Washington Senators to Detroit Tigers in exchange for Jack Warner (December 19, 1928).

Feats

Harris led American League second basemen in putouts four times and in double plays a record five straight times.

His Best Team: The 1947 Yankees

Filling the void after Joe McCarthy was fired in New York, Harris took the Yankees to the World Series, where they beat the Dodgers in seven games. The Yankees led the AL in both offense and pitching, winning 97 games behind Joe DiMaggio, Tommy Henrich, Allie Reynolds, and Joe Page.

Best Strength as a Manager

Harris was famously calm as a manager. His players loved him, and were extremely loyal.

Largest Weakness as a Manager

Hall of Fame second baseman Charlie Gehringer, who played for him in Detroit from 1929-1933, said "The fact that he was so easy to play for probably didn't help his managing." Of course, Gehringer had began his career under Ty Cobb and then George Moriarty — two high-strung managers, to say the least.

Notes

Harris managed the AL All-Star team in 1948; he was named Manager of the Year by The Sporting News in 1947.

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