October 26th, 2012

October 26 – Happy Birthday Toby Harrah

By the end of the 1983 season, the great Yankee third baseman, Graig Nettles was 38 years old and in addition to losing some of his skills to age, he had worn out his relationship with team owner George Steinbrenner. The following February, New York traded reliever George Frazier and outfield prospect Otis Nixon to Cleveland for the third baseman they hoped would replace Nettles. His name was Toby Harrah. I remember being optimistic about the trade. At the time of the deal, Harrah had already enjoyed a solid, fourteen-year Major League career with Texas and Cleveland and was a four-time AL All Star. He wasn’t as good a fielder as Nettles had been in his prime but hardly anyone was. Like Nettles, he could hit the long ball, having reached the 20-homer mark five times and unlike Nettles, Harrah had good speed on the base paths. But this was the early eighties when every deal the Yankees attempted seemed to backfire and the Harrah acquisition was no different. After one terrible season in pinstripes during which he hit just .217 in 84 games, Toby was back in a Ranger uniform the following year.  He was born October 26, 1948, in Sissonville, WI.

Harrah shares his birthday with this former Yankee infielder and this one-time Yankee pitching prospect.

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1984 NYY 88 299 253 40 55 9 4 1 26 3 42 28 .217 .331 .296 .628
17 Yrs 2155 8767 7402 1115 1954 307 40 195 918 238 1153 868 .264 .365 .395 .760
TEX (11 yrs) 1355 5408 4572 631 1174 187 22 124 568 153 708 575 .257 .357 .389 .745
CLE (5 yrs) 712 3060 2577 444 725 111 14 70 324 82 403 265 .281 .383 .417 .799
NYY (1 yr) 88 299 253 40 55 9 4 1 26 3 42 28 .217 .331 .296 .628
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/27/2013.