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Friday, March 05, 2021

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-5-2021

Toledo News-Bee, March 5, 1921:

Lucky for other players, but unlucky for himself! That’s Harry Harper, star outfielder of the Little Rock team of the Southern Association. He started in the minors in 1913 and since that time 12 ball players have roommated with him long enough to get well acquainted—and then jumped to the majors. But Harry still remains with the second fry. He’s never had a big league uniform.
What’s going to happen in 1921?

“I think I’ll room alone,” says Harper. “Maybe I’ll send myself up to big company. I have been nearly sold five times—but they always took my roommate.”

That’s horrible luck. This Harry Harper* never did make it to the big leagues despite hitting .317 for Spokane (Class B) in 1916, .382 for Tacoma (B) in 1917, .346 for Little Rock (A) in 1920, .332 for Little Rock (A) in 1921, and .315 for Birmingham (A) in 1922. Clearly the guy could hit, but for whatever reason nobody gave him a shot.

His roommates named in the article: Byrd Lynn, Howard Ehmke, Oscar Horstmann, Dutch Ruether, Ken Williams, Ira Flagstead, Charlie Pechous, Bob O’Farrell, Tom Taggart, Ike Caveney, Lyle Bigbee, and Tony Brottem. I have absolutely no idea who Tom Taggart is. Nobody with that name is listed on BB-Ref.

* - there was an MLB pitcher with the same name at the same time. Different guy though.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 05, 2021 at 01:34 PM | 10 comment(s)
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