Hal Naragon

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Hal Naragon
Catcher
Born: (1928-10-01) October 1, 1928 (age 86)
Zanesville, Ohio
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 23, 1951 for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
August 5, 1962 for the Minnesota Twins
Career statistics
Batting average .266
Home runs 6
Runs batted in 87
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Harold Richard Naragon (born October 1, 1928 in Zanesville, Ohio) is a former catcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Cleveland Indians (1951, 1954–1959) and Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins (1959–1962). He batted left-handed and threw right-handed.

In a 10-season MLB career, Naragon was a .266 hitter, with 262 hits, six home runs, and 87 RBI in 424 games played.

His most productive season came in 1959, when he posted career-highs in games (85) and hits (57) while dividing his playing time with Cleveland and Washington. He also caught for the Indians in the 1954 World Series against the New York Giants. He spent much of his career backing up starting catchers Jim Hegan and Earl Battey.

Following his playing career, Naragon was the bullpen coach for the Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers from 1963–1969, working on two American League pennant-winning teams and one World Series champion. He became closely allied with pitching coach Johnny Sain and twice was released in the offseason when Sain clashed with his managers in Minnesota (Sam Mele) and Detroit (Mayo Smith).

Naragon graduated from Barberton (Ohio) High School and the Magics play their home baseball games on Hal Naragon Field.

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Preceded by
Mike Roarke
Detroit Tigers bullpen coach
1967–1969
Succeeded by
Len Okrie