Lanny Harris

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Lanny Harris
Born Lanny Dean Harris
(1940-02-21)February 21, 1940
Greens Fork, Indiana
Died June 26, 1991(1991-06-26) (aged 51)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Occupation Umpire
Years active 1979-1985
Employer National League

Lanny Dean Harris (February 21, 1940 – June 16, 1991) was a Major League Baseball umpire who worked in the National League from 1979 to 1985, wearing uniform number 29 during his career. Harris umpired 851 Major League games.[1]

MLB career[edit]

Harris was promoted to the National League during the umpire strike of 1979, one of eight umpires promoted to the major leagues at that time. He was discharged by the NL in 1985.[2]

While in the majors, Harris felt the repercussions of having entered the league during the strike. After being hit in the throat by a foul ball during a 1979 game, Harris was examined by a trainer while his three veteran partners did not move from their positions in the field.[3]

Notable games[edit]

Harris was thrown to the ground in a brawl involving Mario Soto and Claudell Washington in a 1984 Reds-Braves game.[4]


  1. ^ Retrosheet
  2. ^ "Firing of major league ump doesn't happen every day". Lawrence Journal-World. May 5, 1988. Retrieved August 20, 2012. 
  3. ^ Swift, E.M. (August 20, 1979). "Odd Man Out On The Diamond". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved August 20, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Soto faces suspension". The New York Times. June 19, 1984. Retrieved August 20, 2012.