Friday, September 14, 2018

Chuck Harmon

Charles Byron Harmon

April 23, 1924
Washington, IN

March 19, 2019
Cincinnati, OH

1940-41 Washington High School - Indiana (High School)
1941-42 Washington High School - Indiana (High School)
1942-43 University of Toledo (College)
1946-47 University of Toledo (College)
1947-48 University of Toledo (College)
1948-49 University of Toledo (College)
1949-50 Schenectady Packers (ABL)
1950-51 Utica Pros (ABL)
1951-52 Saratoga/Schenectady Harlem Yankees (ABL)

Harmon was a baseball and basketball star in high school, helping his Washington HS team to the state basketball finals in his junior and senior year. He got a scholarship to the University of Toledo, but after his freshman year he joined to military. He served stateside during the war, being stationed at Great Lakes. After the war, he returned to UT, helping the basketball team into the NIT. During this time, he also played briefly for the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro Leagues (under an assumed name to maintain his collegiate eligibility.) He would sign with the St. Louis Browns of baseball's American League, and slowly began his rise through the farm system. He also played some pro basketball in the ABL in the off-season.
He was sent to the Cincinnati Reds and in 1954 found himself invited to the team's spring training camp in 1954. He made the club and made his major league debut in April of that year. He would play with the Reds for a few seasons as a utility man, playing first, third and the outfield. He was later traded to the Cardinals and finished his major league career with the Phillies in 1957. He would play in the minor leagues through 1961, and became a scout after his playing days came to an end.

Chuck married Pearl (d. 2009) in 1947 and they had two daughters and a son.

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