George Harper (outfielder)

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For the 19th century baseball pitcher, see George Harper (pitcher).
George Harper
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Outfielder
Born: (1892-06-24)June 24, 1892
Arlington, Kentucky
Died: August 18, 1978(1978-08-18) (aged 86)
Magnolia, Arkansas
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 15, 1916, for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
September 28, 1929, for the Boston Braves
MLB statistics
Batting average .303
Home runs 91
Runs batted in 528
Teams

George Washington Harper (June 24, 1892 in Arlington, Kentucky – August 18, 1978 in Magnolia, Arkansas), was an American professional baseball player. He played as an outfielder in Major League Baseball for the Detroit Tigers (1916–18), Cincinnati Reds (1922–24), Philadelphia Phillies (1924–26), New York Giants (1927–28), St. Louis Cardinals (1928), and Boston Braves (1929). In 1917 and 1918, he played 91 games in right field for the Detroit Tigers, next to Ty Cobb in center field. Harper played right field for the Tigers as they transitioned the position from Hall of Fame member Sam Crawford to another Hall of Fame member Harry Heilmann. After moving to the National League, Harper was three times among the league's leaders in batting average and on-base percentage: 1922, 1927 and 1928. His .435 on-base percentage in 1927 was 3rd best in the National League.

He remained active in the minor leagues through 1936 and included a year as player/manager for the El Dorado Lions of the East Dixie League in 1934.

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