One of my interests is baseball history, and in 1985 I joined SABR (the Society for American Baseball Research). Some of my ancestors—my grandfather Dave and his brothers Joe and Jack—played professional baseball in the early part of the 20th century. A sister-in-law married another player— Ed Rodebaugh. On my mother’s side of the family, her brother Dick pitched in the Indians system in the late 1940s. One of my ongoing projects is to dig up what I can about their careers.

Joe had a ten year career in the major league’s. His .317 lifetime batting average places him at #62 all time, just below Roberto Clemente.

I have recently (July/2003) discovered that another of the Harris brothers, Tom, was a pro. Joe and Tom were teammates on the 1912 McKeesport Tubers team in the Ohio & Pennsylvania League.

Joe Harris        Meyersdale Town Team
Dave Harris; Elmira        Joe Harris and Mystery Man
Joe Harris; World War I        1921 Clearfield Terriers
Dave Harris with sons        Ed Rodebaugh; Dallas
Joe Harris Baseball Card        Dick Clark; Newport
1920 Franklin team        Dave Harris on an unknown team
Coulters team        West Newton team

Other Baseball Stuff at this Site

  Hitting Streak Calculator Jul/8/2003
  Winning Streak Calculator Jul/10/2003
  Slump/Streak Simulator Nov/22/2006
  Snugwords Puzzle Baseball’s All-Time Home Run Leaders   (smaller version)

Related Links

Joe Harris’ stats at
Joe Harris’ info at
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Joe Harris’ stats at
Joe Harris’ stats at The Baseball Cube
Joe Harris’ stats at Major Leage Baseball’s
Joe Harris’ stats at Sports Illustrated’s very slow site
Joe Harris’ grave at

My thanks to Kathy Heckman, J.T. Wolfenbarger, Ray Harris and Kevin Harris for providing pictures used herein.