Jack Harshman Stats

Jack Harshman was born on Tuesday, July 12, 1927, in San Diego, California. Harshman was 21 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 16, 1948, with the New York Giants. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Jack Harshman baseball stats page.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"(Jack) Harshman was a slugging pitcher, a valuable commodity in the days before designated hitters. He hit 21 major-league home runs, and often appeared as a pinch hitter for his power-starved teams. For many years, before the advent of the homer-driven careers of Dave Kingman and Mark McGwire , Harshman held an obscure major league record--of his 76 career hits, his 21 home runs were the highest ratio (27.6 percent) of home runs to hits for any batter with more than 400 plate appearances." - Baseball Historian John Gabcik (SABR Baseball Biography Project, 'Jack Harshman', Source )

Jack Harshman

Jack Harshman Autograph on a 1994 Topps Archive (#173)

Jack Harshman Autograph on a 1994 Topps Archive (#173)

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Birth Name:
John Elvin Harshman
Nickname:
Jack
Born On:
07-12-1927  (Cancer)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
San Diego, California
Year of Death Data Died On:
08-17-2013 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Georgetown, Texas
Cemetery:
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, California
High School:
Herbert Hoover High School (San Diego, CA)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Left
Player Height Chart Height:
6-02
Player Weight Chart Weight:
185
First Game:
09-16-1948 (Age 21)
Last Game:
10-01-1960
Draft:
Not Applicable

Jack Harshman

Jack Harshman Pitching Stats

1952 25 Giants 2 2 0 0 2 .000 14.21 0 0 0 6.1 36 12 10 10 2 6 0 6 0 0 0 -
1954 27 White Sox 35 21 5 14 8 .636 2.95 9 4 1 177.0 772 157 58 61 7 96 0 134 6 5 0 -
1955 28 White Sox 32 23 2 11 7 .611 3.36 9 0 0 179.1 761 144 67 74 16 97 3 116 4 4 0 -
1956 29 White Sox 34 30 3 15 11 .577 3.10 15 4 0 226.2 950 183 78 85 14 102 4 143 7 3 0 -
1957 30 White Sox 30 26 2 8 8 .500 4.10 6 0 1 151.1 668 142 69 78 16 82 2 83 5 5 1 -
1958 31 Orioles 34 29 5 12 15 .444 2.89 17 3 4 236.1 975 204 76 89 20 75 1 161 8 3 0 -
1959 32 Orioles 14 8 5 0 6 .000 6.85 0 0 0 47.1 221 58 36 39 6 28 5 24 2 2 0 -
1959 32 Red Sox 8 2 3 2 3 .400 6.57 0 0 0 24.2 114 29 18 19 2 10 0 14 0 0 0 -
1959 32 Indians 13 6 6 5 1 .833 2.59 5 1 1 66.0 277 46 19 21 6 13 0 35 1 0 0 -
1960 33 Indians 15 8 4 2 4 .333 3.98 0 0 0 54.1 240 50 24 32 7 30 2 25 0 0 0 -
8 Years 217 155 35 69 65 .515 3.50 61 12 7 1,169.1 5,014 1,025 455 508 96 539 17 741 33 22 1 -

Jack Harshman

Jack Harshman Hitting Stats

1948 21 Giants 5 8 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 .250 .333 .250
1950 23 Giants 9 32 3 4 0 0 2 0 4 3 0 6 0 0 0 2 .125 .200 .313
1952 25 Giants 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1954 27 White Sox 36 56 6 8 1 0 2 0 5 12 0 21 3 1 0 1 .143 .290 .268
1955 28 White Sox 32 60 6 11 1 0 2 0 8 9 0 17 5 2 0 2 .183 .282 .300
1956 29 White Sox 36 71 8 12 1 0 6 0 19 11 0 21 4 1 0 0 .169 .277 .437
1957 30 White Sox 30 45 5 10 1 0 2 0 5 10 0 17 2 1 0 1 .222 .357 .378
1958 31 Orioles 47 82 11 16 1 0 6 0 14 17 0 22 1 1 0 2 .195 .330 .427
1959 32 Orioles 15 10 3 2 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 .200 .333 .500
1959 32 Red Sox 9 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 2 1 1 0 0 .143 .300 .143
1959 32 Indians 21 34 3 7 1 0 0 0 5 5 0 4 0 1 0 0 .206 .300 .235
1960 33 Indians 15 17 0 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 2 0 0 0 .176 .176 .235
10 Years 258 424 46 76 7 0 21 0 65 72 0 119 18 8 0 8 .179 .294 .344

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Jack Harshman Fielding Stats

1948 Giants 1B 3 1 18 18 6.0 18 17 1 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 27.00
1950 Giants 1B 9 9 228 91 10.1 90 83 7 1 7 n/a n/a n/a .989 10.66
1952 Giants P 2 2 19 2 1.0 2 0 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.84
1954 White Sox 1B 1 0 6 3 3.0 3 3 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 13.50
1954 White Sox P 35 21 531 30 0.9 29 2 27 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .967 1.47
1955 White Sox P 32 23 538 33 1.0 32 3 29 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .970 1.61
1956 White Sox P 34 30 680 35 1.0 31 2 29 4 3 n/a n/a n/a .886 1.23
1957 White Sox P 30 26 454 19 0.6 18 3 15 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .947 1.07
1958 Orioles CF 1 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1958 Orioles P 34 29 709 49 1.4 48 5 43 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .980 1.83
1959 Orioles P 14 8 142 16 1.1 16 4 12 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.04
1959 Red Sox P 8 2 74 3 0.4 3 1 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.09
1959 Indians P 13 6 198 14 1.1 14 3 11 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.91
1960 Indians P 15 8 163 7 0.5 7 2 5 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.16
P Totals 217 155 3,508 208 1.0 200 25 175 8 10 n/a n/a n/a .962 1.54
1B Totals 13 10 252 112 8.6 111 103 8 1 9 n/a n/a n/a .991 11.89
CF Totals 1 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
10 Years 231 166 3,760 320 1.4 311 128 183 9 19 n/a n/a n/a .972 2.23

Jack Harshman

Jack Harshman Miscellaneous Stats

1948 Giants 0 0 .000 2 0 n/a 0.0 2.7 8.0 - - -
1950 Giants 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 16.0 5.3 8.0 - - -
1952 Giants 0 0 .000 1 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.00 8.53 8.53
1954 White Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 28.0 2.7 11.2 1.40 6.81 4.88
1955 White Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 30.0 3.5 7.5 1.20 5.82 4.87
1956 White Sox 0 0 .000 1 1 n/a 11.8 3.4 3.7 1.40 5.68 4.05
1957 White Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 22.5 2.6 9.0 1.01 4.94 4.88
1958 Orioles 0 0 .000 12 0 n/a 13.7 3.7 5.9 2.15 6.13 2.86
1959 Orioles 0 0 .000 1 0 n/a 10.0 5.0 10.0 0.86 4.56 5.32
1959 Red Sox 0 0 .000 1 0 n/a 0.0 3.5 3.5 1.40 5.11 3.65
1959 Indians 0 0 .000 12 0 n/a 0.0 8.5 6.8 2.69 4.77 1.77
1960 Indians 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.3 17.0 0.83 4.14 4.97
10 Years 0 0 .000 30 1 n/a 20.2 3.6 6.5 1.37 5.70 4.15

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Jack Harshman Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1948 New York Giants 8 Undetermined - -
1950 New York Giants 15 Undetermined - -
1952 New York Giants 29 Undetermined - -
1954 Chicago White Sox 29 Undetermined - -
1955 Chicago White Sox 29 Undetermined - -
1956 Chicago White Sox 29 Undetermined - -
1957 Chicago White Sox 29 Undetermined - -
1958 Baltimore Orioles 29 Undetermined - -
1959 Baltimore Orioles 29 Undetermined - -
1959 Boston Red Sox 39 Undetermined - -
1959 Cleveland Indians 23 Undetermined - -
1960 Cleveland Indians 23 Undetermined - -
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Did you know that Jack Harshman struck out sixteen batters on July 25, 1954 , the most in any game by any Chicago White Sox pitcher in franchise history? Not too bad for a former first baseman. So, how did Harshman become a "slugging pitcher" like it says at the quote at the top of this Jack Harshman biographical page? Let's go "beyond the stats" and see the transition from a slugging first baseman in the Minor Leagues, to a Major League pitcher who holds the Pale Hose strikeout record:

Harshman was born in San Diego, California in 1927. He began his professional career at the age of 17 in 1945 for the San Diego Padres of the minor league AA Pacific Coast League. For his first five seasons, Harshman was being trained and conditioned to be a major league hitter instead of a pitcher. Jack's short stint in San Diego ended with a .254 batting average in 67 at-bats.

In 1946, Jack moved over to the Class C Modesto Reds, where he hit .288 in 56 games before being shipped back to the PCL San Diego squad for only 3 games. 1947 was his first busy season as he played in 151 games for the Victoria Athletics in the Winter Leagues. Harshman smashed 36 home runs while batting a modest .306. He then moved up yet again to the San Diego squad for just 11 games and a poor .148 average.[2] Despite the sluggish ending, the Major League New York Giants purchased his contract as a first baseman in December 1947.

1948 had a change of scenery for Jack. He went to the Jersey City Giants of the AAA International League. Jack posted fairly average but modest numbers for the squad, hitting 24 home runs, driving in 76 runs, and batting .245. He received a brief call up to the Giants, but only batted .250 in 9 plate appearances.

1949 was a breakout year for the young 21-year-old slugger. In 150 games for the AA Minneapolis Millers, Harshman smashed 40 home runs and had 111 RBI. 1950 saw an unexpected change in Jack's progression. He batted a terrible .193 in 35 games for the Class A Jacksonville Tars and a below average .230 for Minneapolis. His second Major League stint with the Giants went even worse, batting just .125 in 32 at bats.

It was around this point that management thought about changing Harshman's role in the organization. During his sluggish 1949 season, he was brought in to pitch two games for the Jacksonville Tars. He threw for 12 innings and a 6.75 ERA, splitting his 2 games for a 1-1 record.

In 1951 Harshman got back on track with his slugging career. In 154 games for the Nashville Volunteers, he crashed 47 home runs with a fair .251 average. However, his manager once again experimented with Jack potentially being a pitcher, letting him take the field in 5 games. He posted another 1-1 record, but lowered his ERA to 3.94.

Despite bringing a huge bat in the previous season, the decision was made to give Harshman double duty as a pitcher and occasional utility hitter. He batted .222 with 8 home runs and 15 RBI in just 135 at bats, but most of his work for the 1952 season came from on the mound. Jack pitched in 26 games with 14 starts, threw a total of 131 innings with 78 strikeouts, a 4.67 ERA, and an average 6-7 win-loss record.

1953 was Jack Harshman's breakout year. In the AA Southern Association Nashville Volunteers, Jack posted a remarkable 23-7 record with a 3.27 ERA.

Jack Harshman Strikeout Record
Jack Harshman Strikeout Record ( Box Score ) | The Gazette | July 26, 1954 | Page 20
Richard Panchyk interviewed Jack Harshman for an upcoming book and quoted Harshman, "My first six or seven years were at first base, and I led the league in home runs a couple of different places. Once in Victoria, and then I came close in Minneapolis in 49, I hit 40 and the other guy hit 42, And then I did lead the league in 1951 when I was with Nashville. So I had over a couple of hundred home runs in my career." Truth is Harshman hit 36 home runs in Class B, 6 home runs in Class C, 1 home run in Single A, 59 home runs in Double A, 90 home runs in Triple A and 21 home runs in the Major Leagues (213 total)!

All-Time Home Runs by a Pitcher

Rank Pitcher

Home Runs

#1 Wes Ferrell 37 (38 in Career / 1 as a Pinch Hitter)
#2 Bob Lemon 35 (37 in Career / 2 as a Pinch Hitter)
#2 Warren Spahn 35
#4 Red Ruffing 34 (36 in Career / 2 as a Pinch Hitter)
#5 Earl Wilson 33 (35 in Career / 2 as a Pinch Hitter)
#6 Don Drysdale 29
#7 John Clarkson 24
#7 Bob Gibson 24
#7 Carlos Zambrano 24
#10 Walter Johnson 23 (24 in Career / 1 as a Pinch Hitter)
#11 Jack Stivetts 21 (35 in Career / Multiple Positions)
#12 Milt Pappas 20
#12 Dizzy Trout 20
#14 Jack Harshman 19 (21 in Career / 2 as a First Baseman)

On August 13, 1954 , less than a month after setting the all-time White Sox strikeouts in a game record, Harshman threw a sixteen-inning complete game shutout, the longest in team history (crushing the mark set by Billy Pierce that same year on May 9, 1954 , a ten-inning complete game shutout) and the slugging pitcher added yet another record that still stands to this day to his resume.

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