Jack Harper (1900s pitcher)
|Born: April 2, 1878|
|Died: September 30, 1950 (aged 72)|
Jamestown, New York
|September 18, 1899, for the Cleveland Spiders|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 6, 1906, for the Chicago Cubs|
|Earned run average||3.55|
Harper started his professional baseball career in 1898. After a short stint with the Cleveland Spiders, he had a good season with the Fort Wayne Indians of the Interstate League in 1900 (going 20-15). This got him into the majors for good.
On May 30, 1904, Harper hit Chicago Cubs first baseman Frank Chance three times in one game, the last of which knocked Chance out cold. By 1906, Chance had become the manager of the Cubs, and Harper was struggling on the mound. Chance traded for Harper, cut his salary by two-thirds, and sat him on the bench for the entire season.
At that time, organized baseball had the reserve clause; Harper had to pitch for the Cubs or no team at all. He never played professional baseball again.
- "Jack Harper Minor League Statistics & History". baseball-reference.com.
- "Year In Review: 1904 National League". baseball-almanac.com.
- "Frank Chance". baseballlibrary.com.
- "ESPN Classic – May Moments". espn.com.
- Bogen, Gil. Tinker, Evers, and Chance: a triple biography (2003), p. 76.
- Golenbock, Peter. Wrigleyville: A Magical History Tour of the Chicago Cubs (1996), p. 104.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
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