Harry Agganis

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Aristotle George Agganis
(The Golden Greek)

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Biographical Information[edit]

Harry Agganis played two years in the majors for his hometown Boston Red Sox and one in the minors before dying young. He was hitting .313 in 1955 when he was struck down.

Agganis was a quarterback on the Boston University football team, where he won an award in his senior year designating him New England's best collegiate football player. His college football career was interrupted by two years of service in the United States Marine Corps (1949-1951). He is in the College Football Hall of Fame [1].

He had showed some power in his one year in the minors in 1953, hitting 23 home runs, 38 doubles and 9 triples for the Louisville Colonels.

First baseman Agganis was hospitalized on May 16, 1955 complaining of chest pains and died six weeks later. One of baseball's more tragic stories - a human life and a promising career cut far too short. The cause of death was listed as a massive pulmonary embolism.

He primarily wore number 6. While with the Red Sox, he was ten years younger than teammate Ted Williams and several months older than Jim Piersall.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Mark Brown: "Harry Agganis", in ""Mark Armour and Bill Nowlin, eds.: Red Sox Baseball in the Days of Ike and Elvis: The Red Sox of the 1950s, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2012, pp. 141-152. ISBN 978-1933599243

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