Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Jack Harshman, 1991 Crown/Coca-Cola All-Time Orioles #184
If Jack Harshman doesn't ring a bell, here's a refresher. He was a 6'2" first baseman who converted to pitching full-time at age 26 with the 1954 White Sox. He was pretty good on the mound, with a 69-65 record and a 3.50 ERA (109 ERA+) in parts of eight seasons in the majors. Jack spent a year-plus with the O's in 1958 and 1959, and in the former season he became the first Oriole pitcher to hit two homers in a game, doing it twice. The only other Birds' pitcher to have a multi-homer game in the ensuing years was Milt Pappas, who did it against Minnesota in 1960. As for tonight's starter, Miguel Gonzalez, I'd probably be satisfied if he could scratch out a single...or reach on an error. I'm not picky.