Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Billy Harris, 79, former Brooklyn Dodger

Billy Harris, 1957 Brooklyn Dodgers
Billy Harris, former pitcher for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers and member of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, passed away Friday night at the age of 79 at his home in Kennewick, Wash.
Harris was hospitalized about a month ago for bleeding ulcers after he fainted in his restaurant, Billy’s Bullpen. Discharged from the hospital two weeks ago, Harris never fully recovered from his ailments.

Just a few short months ago in February, I interviewed Harris for a story I authored about his teammate, Clyde Parris. Harris was cheerful and spoke glowingly not only about his Montreal teammate, but his entire career in baseball.

Click here to read my interview with Harris as tribute to his passing. Baseball lost another one of their great storytellers.

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