February 17, 1892|
|Died: February 4, 1977
|April 12, 1913, for the Cleveland Naps|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 2, 1925, for the Washington Senators|
|Runs batted in||284|
|Career highlights and awards|
Harry Loran "Nemo" Leibold (February 17, 1892 – February 4, 1977) was an outfielder in Major League Baseball from 1913 to 1925. He played for the Cleveland Naps, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, and Washington Senators. He stood at 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) and was nicknamed for the comic strip character Little Nemo.
Leibold began his professional career in 1911 with the minor league Milwaukee Brewers of the American Association. In 1913, he was traded to the Cleveland Naps, and he immediately broke into the starting lineup. He struggled early in 1915 and was released to the White Sox. In Chicago, Leibold was a member of two American League championship teams. He patrolled right field, alongside sluggers Shoeless Joe Jackson and Hap Felsch. His single in the ninth inning of the 1917 World Series drove in Buck Weaver with the final run of the championship-clinching game for the White Sox.
Leibold hit well in 1919; in 122 games, he had a batting average of .302, 17 stolen bases, and set a career-high in OPS+ with 113. However, he batted .056 in the 1919 World Series, getting one hit in 18 at-bats. Leibold was one of just three regulars on the team not accused in the Black Sox Scandal. He was the last surviving player from the White Sox pennant-winners of 1917 and 1919. After the 1920 season, he was traded to the Boston Red Sox with Shano Collins for Harry Hooper, then played for the Red Sox and Washington Senators for 2.5 seasons each.
Leibold was sent down to the minor leagues in 1926. He was a player-manager for the Columbus Red Birds from 1928 to 1932, then managed various other teams until 1948. In one game in 1946, he was suspended after shoving a minor league umpire, which caused other managers to resign in protest. In 1946 Leibold managed the Louisville Colonels in the Junior World Series against the Montreal Royals losing 4 games to 2. Thus involving him in baseball history again as the Royals featured Jackie Robinson that year.