Harry Walter Anderson
(Harry the Horse)
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 210 lb.
- School West Chester State Teachers College
- High School West Nottingham Academy
- Debut April 18, 1957
- Final Game May 5, 1961
- Born September 10, 1931 in North East, MD USA
- Died June 11, 1998 in Greenville, DE USA
Before the 1953 season Harry Anderson was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies as an amateur free agent. His first playing time was in the class B Three-I League with the Terre Haute Phillies. He appeared in 111 games, playing first base. Harry had 452 at bats with 146 hits, including 14 home runs, hit at a .323 average and slugged .504.
He was back with Terre Haute in 1954, appearing in 57 games with 225 at bats, 65 hits and a .289 batting average. That year also found him in the class A Eastern League with the Schenectady Blue Jays. He appeared in 43 games, had 165 at bats with 32 hits for a .194 average.
Anderson spent 1955 in the United States military. After his tour in the military, Harry was back in the Eastern League with Schenectady in 1956. He appeared in 88 games, had 315 at bats with 74 hits, including 13 home runs, for a .235 average. Anderson spent 1957 through 1961 with the major league Philadelphia Phillies and the Cincinnati Reds. His combined totals for those years saw him appear in 484 games getting 1,586 at bats with 419 base hits, including 60 home runs, for a .264 batting average. His best season was 1958 when he hit .301 with 23 home runs for the Philadelphia club.
On June 15, 1960 Harry was traded by the Phillies with Fred Hopke and Wally Post to the Reds for Lee Walls and Tony Gonzalez. In 1961, in addition to four games with Cincinnati, Harry spent time with the AAA Indianapolis Indians and the Jersey City Jerseys. His combined totals show he appeared in 100 games, had 335 at bats with 76 hits for a .223 average. 1962 was Anderson's last professional season on record and he spent it with the Pacific Coast League's San Diego Padres, appearing in 115 games with 348 at bats with 90 hits, including 14 home runs, for a .259 average.
- 20-Home Run Seasons: 1 (1958)
The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball: Third Edition
SABR Minor League Database