Friday, April 18, 2008

#369 Greg Harris

Why this card is awesome: Because of that totally awesome face that Harris is making. It's nice how Topps highlighted his funny mouth by hiding the rest of his head in a dark shadow.

Cool stat: A lot of you know this, but many probably don't. Harris was (and still is, I'm sure) ambidextrous and had a special glove with a thumb on each end that he could wear on either hand. He pitched in his career as a righty, but always wanted to get a chance to pitch as a lefty in a real game. If you check out his platoon splits, you can see that he did appear in one game as a lefty. On September 28, 1995, Harris pitched as both a lefty and a righty in the same game. The next day, he appeared in his last major-league game. BONUS: from 1985 to 1992, Harris had 4 seasons with at least 100 IP, ERA+ of 150, and no more than 20 saves. Nobody else in baseball had more than 1 such season over that period.

1 comment:

Mario B said...

I remember very well the game when Greg Harris pitched on both sides. It was against the Reds and the game was on TV. Expos's manager probably told him that he would do it in one game until the end of the season, because Harris' wife and parents were in Montreal. The crowd cheers him, but the first pitch was very high ! Everybody's was smiling at him : Expos teamates, the Reds players and even the plate umpire. I was very happy for him and still wonder why the Expos didn't sign him for the next season, 'cause he had fine time that year.