Hank Mason

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Hank Mason
Hank Mason 2009.jpeg
Hank Mason in 2009
Born: (1931-06-19) June 19, 1931 (age 86)
Marshall, Missouri
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 12, 1958, for the Philadelphia Phillies
Last MLB appearance
April 24, 1960, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 0–0
Earned run average 10.13
Innings pitched 1023

Henry Mason (born June 19, 1931) is an American former professional baseball player. Mason was a 6 ft (1.83 m), 185 lb (84 kg) right-handed pitcher whose eight-season (1955–62) minor league career included brief stints as a relief pitcher with the 1958 and 1960 Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball. He began his career with the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro American League,[1] and was the starting pitcher in the 1954 East-West Game.

Mason was largely successful as a pitcher in the Phillies' farm system, posting 14- and 15-victory seasons in the Eastern League in 1955–56, and a 12–3 record in the International League in 1959.[2] However, Mason's MLB debut was not auspicious. On September 12, 1958, he appeared in a one-sided Phillie loss, a 19–2 defeat at the hands of the San Francisco Giants at Connie Mack Stadium. Mason entered the game in the second inning as the Phils' third pitcher of the day — and with the Giants already ahead, 8–0. He went the next five frames and surrendered seven hits and six earned runs, although he only allowed two extra-base blows, both doubles.[3] He made three more appearances at the start of the 1960 Phils' season. He was effective in his first game, going two scoreless innings against the Milwaukee Braves on April 16 in Philadelphia, but then was cuffed around by the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds in successive outings.[4] He spent the balance of the 1960 campaign with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.

All told, Mason allowed 12 earned runs in four games played and 1023 Major League innings, yielding 16 hits and seven bases on balls. He struck out six. In the minors, he won 60 of 106 decisions for a .556 winning percentage.[2]

As of 2006, Mason was a clergyman in Richmond, Virginia.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Negro Leagues & Baseball History Blog". Retrieved April 4, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Hank Mason Minor Leagues Statistics & History". baseball-reference.com. sports-reference.com. Retrieved April 4, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Retrosheet Boxscore: San Francisco Giants 19, Philadelphia Phillies 2 (2)". retrosheet.org. September 12, 1958. Retrieved April 4, 2016. 
  4. ^ "The 1960 PHI N Regular Season Pitching Log for Hank Mason". retrosheet.org. Retrieved April 4, 2016. 

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