Saturday, February 04, 2006
Joe Harris Reinstated
I have a theory that a lot of really crazy things happen in baseball in January and February because owners and GMs and such haven't seen a real, live meaningful game in so long that they start making calls in attempt to do something and from this some wacky things emerge. Moves as varied as Babe Ruth being sold to the Yankees and Alex Rodriguez being traded there have happened in January and February, suggesting people are just antsy for some action so odd things start happening.
On that note, we come to Joe Harris' reinstatement. Harris was a pretty decent bat who had been suspended for playing in so-called "outlaw" leagues. However, on this day, Judge Landis removed the suspension, citing Harris' service for the
As it turned out, if stress was Harris' problem, he might've been better off staying suspended. Harris played for the Senators in 1925 and after coming to the team in a trade, played like a house on fire, batting .323 and posting an OPS over one thousand. He was even better in the World Series, hitting .440 and slugging nearly nine hundred (five of his nine hits were doubles or homers) but the Senators lost a heartbreaker in seven games after Walter Johnson blew a one-run lead with just four outs to go. In 1927, Johnson was now on his one-time nemesis, the Pirates, and playing again in the World Series. This time, of course, there was little drama as the Yankees swept the Bucs in four games.
Harris started 1928 scorching hot, but trailed off after a trade to