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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Naval Academy grad Harris called up to majors by Cardinals

Cards could use the veteran presence.

During his stint in the Persian Gulf on a Navy carrier, Mitch Harris kept his pitching arm - and his hopes of eventually making it to the majors - in shape by tossing a baseball on the flight deck.

‘‘We actually had a cook ... who grew up playing baseball his whole life,’’ Harris recalled. ‘‘He was about the only person I truly trusted to throw with, because I was scared I’d hurt anybody else.’‘

Harris, a 2008 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, told this story Tuesday during a news conference at Nationals Park, where the 29-year-old relief pitcher joined the St. Louis Cardinals after being called up from the minors.

The Hall of Fame said it believes the only Naval Academy graduate to appear in a major league game was pitcher Nemo Gaines, who made four relief appearances in 1921 with the Washington Senators. Counting the minor leagues, just nine Annapolis graduates have played professional baseball, the Hall said.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 21, 2015 at 08:28 PM | 6 comment(s)
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