Harry Harper

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Harry Clayton Harper

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Biographical Information[edit]

Hackensack Harry Harper pitched 10 years in the majors, mostly with the Washington Senators.

In 1915 he had an excellent 1.67 ERA in 86.3 innings. The following year, 1916 he went 14-10 with the Senators.

In 1918 his 2.18 ERA was sixth in the American League, while in 1920 with the Boston Red Sox, his 3.04 ERA was seventh in the league. Oddly, in spite of having a good ERA in 1920, his win-loss record was only 5-14 on a team that went 72-81.

He came to the New York Yankees in 1921, and pitched in the 1921 World Series, starting Game 6.

After baseball he was Bergen County Sheriff and then ran for State Senator, losing the election. He was then appointed a state Civil Service Commissioner and later a Commissioner of Labor and Industry. He ran for the U.S. Senate in 1948 but lost the primary. In 1950 he lost a Republican primary in a close race for a Congressional seat.

Harper then devoted his efforts to building number of companies.

One main source: Hackensack Harry.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 3 (1916, 1918 & 1919)

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