Jack Harshman

Positions: Pitcher
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Height: 6-2 Weight: 178
Born: Tuesday, July 12, 1927 in San Diego, CA USA
Died: August 17, 2013 in Georgetown, TX USA
Debut: September 16, 1948
Last Game: October 1, 1960
Full Name: John Elvin Harshman

Harshman began his pro career as a slugging first baseman, leading the Southern Association in HR (47) and RBI (141) in 1951; he went on to hit 21 ML homers. In 1952 he began the transition to the mound. Harshman set the White Sox team record for strikeouts in a single game with 16 at Boston on July 25, 1954.

Following an 8–8 season with the 1957 White Sox, he was traded to The Baltimore Orioles with Larry Doby and Russ Heman and IF Jim Marshall.for P Ray Moore, IF Billy Goodman and OF Tito Francona. 

When it was discovered by the Orioles that Harshman was suffering from a slipped disc, Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick ordered the Chisox to send either $20,000 or an acceptable player to the Orioles. Russ Heman was sent to Baltimore to complete this deal.

In 1958 many of Harshman’s numbers improved. His ERA was a career-low 2.89, 3rd best in the AL, and he compiled a career-high 161 strikeouts to go with 3 shutouts. However, run support was scarce and he ended the season with a 12–15 record. He will finish up his career in 1961.

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