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.
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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