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Harry Archibald Eells (Slippery)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 195 lb.

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Harry Eells pitched for the 1906 Cleveland Naps, posting a 2.61 ERA. He was with the Toledo Mud Hens in 1907-1908 and also managed the Newark Newks of the Ohio State League for part of 1908. After his baseball days he became a real estate broker.

He was born Harry Archibald Eells in Liston Township, near Danbury, IA on February 14, 1880. He was a pitcher for the Cleveland Naps Baseball Club (which later became known as the Cleveland Indians) in 1906 when he was 34 years of age. The Baseball Hall of Fame reports in that year: "He won from the Athletics with Waddell in the box in a 13 inning game, holding the champions down to one run. A few days later he shut out the same team with four hits." He retired to California. He had 3 sons, one of which was a Colonel in the US Army.

Harry Eells was the 10th generation of Eells in America dating back to 1633. John Eells is the first recorded Eells, and his son Major Samuel Eells was the second generation. Harry's ancestors include members who served in King Phillip's War, a Captain in the American Revolution who died at the Battle of Bennington, a Reverend who graduated from Harvard in 1699 and was an early member of the "Black Brigade." (source: Eells Family History in America 1633-1952, Rev. Earnest E. Eells, ed. (contributors: Rev. Myron Eells, DD; Rev. William Eells, Rev. Edward Eells, Walter Eells), Eells Family Association, Sherman, CT, 1985.

Harry's last name also is shown misspelled as Eels in the 1904 and 1905 team images when he played for the Kansas City Blues. Images are available in the Spalding Guides.

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