Harris was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates out of Jones Valley High School in Birmingham, Ala., prior to the 1943 season. He spent two seasons in their minor league organization before his entry in to the United States Navy in 1945 during World War II. He served in the Pacific Theater for a year before returning to baseball in 1946.
His path to the majors was accelerated after being acquired by the Athletics in 1947. Click here to read more about Harris' career, including excerpts from a 2011 interview where he discusses the legendary Connie Mack.