October 1, 1928 |
|Batted: Left||Threw: Right|
|September 23, 1951 for the Cleveland Indians|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 5, 1962 for the Minnesota Twins|
|Runs batted in||87|
|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.
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.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube
- Baseball Library
- Bio from Cool of the Evening: The 1965 Minnesota Twins
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