Harold Gould (baseball)

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Harold Gould
Harold Gould Baseball.jpg
Born: (1924-09-29)September 29, 1924
Gouldtown, Fairfield, New Jersey
Died: November 9, 2012(2012-11-09) (aged 88)
Gouldtown, Fairfield, New Jersey
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
Negro leagues debut
1947, for the Philadelphia Stars
Last Provincial League appearance
1949, for the Farnham Pirates

Harold Lorenzo Gould, Sr. (September 29, 1924 – November 9, 2012) was a baseball pitcher with the Philadelphia Stars in the Negro leagues from 1947 to 1948.[1][2] The right-hander won 19 games over the two seasons including an impressive rookie campaign with 14 victories.

He also played for the Farnham Pirates in the Quebec Provincial League in 1949.[3] Gould's time as a pitcher ended when he was drafted for military service and sent to Korea prior to the 1950 season.

Gould was a welder by profession, beginning by working on ships in Camden and then New York City. He opened up his own shop in New Jersey called Harold's Welding Service in 1964.

Gould was elected to the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 1994 and the South Jersey Hall of Fame in 2001. He was named one of Cumberland County's “People of the Century” in 1999 and was named to the county's Black Hall of Fame in 2009.[4] In 2008, Gould was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in a special Major League draft of surviving Negro league players held to acknowledge and rectify their exclusion from the major leagues on the basis of race.

Gould was active in retirement in publicizing the legacy of the Philadelphia Stars and Negro league baseball in Philadelphia. He participated in events at the Phillies' Citizens Bank Park[5] and at the annual Jackie Robinson Day celebration at the site of the Star's former ballpark at 44th and Parkside Avenue.[6]


  1. ^ "Harold Gould, former Negro Leagues player and South Jersey native, dies at age 88". NJ.com. 2012-11-12. Retrieved 2012-11-12.
  2. ^ "Former Negro League pitcher Gould passes away". MLB.com. 2012-11-13. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
  3. ^ "Mr. Harold Gould - Board of Directors profile". Negro League Baseball Players Association. 2012-11-13. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
  4. ^ Gordon, Patrick (November 13, 2012). "Harold Gold, former Negro League player, dies at 88". Philadelphia Baseball Review. Philadelphia. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  5. ^ DeJesus Ortiz, Jose (April 27, 2007). "Phillies Clobber Astros". Houston Chronicle. Houston, Texas. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  6. ^ Goodtimes, Johnny (April 13, 2012). "Honoring The Stars". Hidden City Philadelphia. Philadelphia. Retrieved October 12, 2018.


  • Gould, Harold; Allen, Bob (2009). He Came From Gouldtown. Privately Published (Unlisted).

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