Nickname: Will, Schoolboy
Position: p, 2b, of
Team: Philadelphia Stars
Born: March 1, 1924, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: December 23, 2004, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Baseball Career Highlights:
"I first pitched professionally against Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Monarchs in Yankee Stadium. There were 45,000 spectators. Satchel pitched seven innings (instead of three) because we were locked in a strike-out duel. Unfortunately, I lost with three runs in the seventh inning, 3-1."
Before and during Harris' playing days with the Philadelphia Stars, he played in Panama (1940), with the Jackie Robinson All- Stars (1947, 1949) and in Venezuela (1950). He also went to spring training with the Milwaukee Braves in 1951.
When Harris ended his baseball career in 1952, he began working as a laborer at Standard Pressed Steel, in Jenkinstown, Pennsylvania. He became a supervisor for the Electro Plating Department in 1964 and retired in 1989, after being with the company for 37 years.
Awards, Honors, Titles, Championships,
• Central High School Hall of Fame Inductee - 1989
Source: NLBM Legacy 2000 Players' Reunion Alumni Book, Kansas City Missouri: Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Inc., 2000.