1909 Nathan Harris
|1898, for the Pittsburgh, Pa Keystones|
|1913, for the Paterson Smart Set|
Born and raised in Middleport, Ohio, Harris moved to Columbus, Ohio with his parents at the age of 14 and started playing baseball and football in high school. A football injury took him out of the first half of his next baseball season. The family moved again to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and he played there for the Keystones.
Harris played football for Indiana and was injured again, which left him unable to play baseball again until 1899. In 1900, he pitched and played first base for Bud Fowler and his Smoky City Giants. In June 1901 he took over for William Binga playing third base for the Columbia Giants until Binga returned. Then, he worked the rest of the season as a utility player until the end of the 1902 season when the Columbia Giants moved to Big Rapids, Michigan.
Harris stayed in Big Rapids during the winter months, coaching the football team at the Preparatory College.
In 1904, Harris formed a team using a familiar name, the Smoky City Giants. He signed players Bowman and Payne, who later found fame with the Philadelphia Giants.
In 1905, Harris joined the Leland Giants for one season. After that season, he played winter ball for Sol White and his Philadelphia Giants where they wintered in Palm Beach, California. He returned to Philadelphia and played regular season baseball for the Giants in 1906.
He returned to the Leland Giants in 1907, where he would mostly remain until a court battle split the Leland Giants in 1910. Harris went to the Chicago Giants and played there in 1910 and 1911. He also captained the team in 1910.
The last known team where Harris played was the Paterson Smart Set in 1913.
- "Lelands Beat All-Stars" Indianapolis Freeman, Indianapolis, IN, September 25, 1909, Page 7, Column 4
- "Chicago Giants Will Raise Flag Sunday" Chicago Broad Ax, Chicago, IL, Page 2, Columns 4 and 5
- "Frank C. Leland Enjoined From Using the Name Leland Giants" Chicago Broad Ax, Chicago, IL, Page 2, Column 2
- "Frank Lelands' Chicago Giants Base Ball Club" Fraternal Printing Company, 1910
- "The Base Ball Spirit In The East." Indianapolis Freeman, Indianapolis, Indiana, Saturday, December 25, 1909, Page 7, Columns 1 and 2
- "1952 Pittsburgh Courier Poll of Greatest Black Players"