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Friday, May 29, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-29-2015

Philadelphia Evening Ledger, May 29, 1915:

Harry Harper...has pitched three games for Minneapolis, and all of them were remarkable affairs in their way. In his first game he struck out 16 batsmen, walked 12, made three wild pitches, and although he allowed but seven hits, he was beaten, 9 to 5. In his second game Harper allowed but four hits, but was beaten, 11 to 1, because he walked 15 men and hit another.
Harper’s third game resulted in a no-hit, no-run victory that was one of the most remarkable in baseball. He walked eight men and made a balk, while his teammated erred three times…Thus in three games Harper has allowed 11 hits, but his opponents have scored 20 runs; he has walked 35 men, an average of almost 12 to a game; has struck out 36 men and has made one balk and three wild pitches.

I wonder if he hit the mascot too.

Anyway, Harper figured it out and spent ten seasons in the big leagues, putting up a career ERA+ of 105. He had a reasonably high walk rate (4.2 BB/9) and a lower strikeout rate than you might expect from this excerpt (4.5 K/9), but Harper was a solid MLB pitcher for the better part of a decade. Your move, Brad Pennington.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 29, 2015 at 08:14 AM | 9 comment(s)
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