Thursday, February 21, 2013

#378 Gail Harris

First baseman Gail Harris played all or part of six big league seasons, half with the New York Giants and half with the Detroit Tigers. After a five year climb through their minor league chain he had modest success with the Giants but is the answer to the question, "Who hit the last homer for the New York Giants?"

Harris' best season came the year this picture was taken, 1958. He had nearly 500 at bats and punched out 20 homers and 83 RBI to go with a .273 average. His numbers fell off the earth the next year (9-39-.221) with 100 less at bats and in 1960 he played in only a handful of games for Detroit before being traded to the Dodgers in May. He spent the rest of 1960 and all of 1961 in the minors and then called it a career.

He then turned to the business world and had a long career with Nationwide Insurance in his native Virginia.

Oh, BTW.... googling 'Gail Harris' led to this (ahem) 'actress'. Just sayin' <-NSFW!!!

The stuff one finds!

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