- 2B, SS, 3B, OF
- November 8, 1896
- 5' 9"
- 156 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 8-28-1919 with WS1
- Hall of Fame:
#34 (1931), #32 (1932, 1955-1956), #27 (1934), #35 (1935), #30 (1936-1940), #28 (1941-1942), #24 (1943), #37 (1947-1948), #50 (1951-1954)
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.
Bucky Harris, Gabby Hartnett and Joe Tinker, are the only Hall of Famers who died on their birthdays.
Traded by Washington Senators to Detroit Tigers in exchange for Jack Warner (December 19, 1928).
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.
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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- Bucky Harris