Joseph C. Harrington
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Weight 162 lb.
- Debut September 10, 1895
- Final Game July 20, 1896
- Born December 21, 1869 in Fall River, MA USA
- Died September 13, 1933 in Fall River, MA USA
" 'Bobby' Lowe's work has been A1, and so has 'Billy' Hamilton's and Joe Harrington's . . ." - Sporting Life of May 23, 1896, writing about the best hitters of the Beaneaters at that point
"Joe Harrington at third is certainly playing a great game . . ." - Sporting Life of July 11, 1902, when Joe was with Norwich
Joe Harrington played major league baseball in 1895-96. A middle infielder (third base, second and shortstop), he had to try to break into a vaunted infield of the Boston Beaneaters that included Bobby Lowe, Herman Long and (in 1896) Jimmy Collins. All were good players who had long careers.
Harrington was born and died in Fall River, MA, a hotbed of early baseball. Through 2010, over 20 major leaguers have been born in Fall River. Joe played in the New England League before coming to the majors, and played in various northeastern leagues afterward.
Sporting Life of September 21, 1895 reported on a horse-drawn bus accident involving the Boston team, in which Harrington was the worst hurt because his feet were entangled in the railing.
"The release of Joe Harrington by Pittsburg throws a very fast man onto the market, a man who can play second, third and short, and play them way up to the handle." - Sporting Life of February 4, 1899