Greg Harris (baseball, born 1955)
November 2, 1955 |
|May 21, 1981 for the New York Mets|
Last MLB appearance
|September 29, 1995 for the Montreal Expos|
|Earned run average||3.69|
Greg Allen Harris (born November 2, 1955) is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball. In a 15-year career (1981 to 1995), Harris pitched in 703 games, starting 98. He pitched for the Padres in the 1984 World Series, which they lost to the Detroit Tigers in five games.
Though he spent his career as a right-handed pitcher, Harris threw left-handed to two batters in a 1995 game (the penultimate game of his career), becoming the first switch pitcher to pitch in a Major League game in the modern era.
A natural right-hander, by 1986 Harris could throw well enough left-handed that he felt he could pitch with either hand in a game, but the opportunity did not immediately arise. Harris wasn't allowed to throw lefty in a regular season game until September 28, 1995, his penultimate game with the Expos. In the ninth inning, Harris retired Reggie Sanders pitching right-handed, then switched to his left hand for the next two hitters, Hal Morris and Ed Taubensee, who both batted lefty. Harris walked Morris but got Taubensee to ground out. He then went back to his right hand to retire Bret Boone to end the inning. Harris's glove, which was custom built with an extra thumb so that it could be worn on either hand, is now on display at the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
During his career, Harris was often known as Greg A. Harris to differentiate him from fellow pitcher Greg W. Harris, whose career he overlapped.
- Pat Venditte, a major league pitcher who throws with either hand
- List of Major League Baseball all-time saves leaders
- 2013 MLB Draft: Dodgers sign Greg Harris for over slot, per report
- Stephen, Eric (November 20, 2014). "Dodgers acquire Joel Peralta, Adam Liberatore in 4-player trade with Rays". truebluela.com. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube
- Box score from Harris' ambidextrous game, Sept. 28, 1995
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