November 13, 1888: Andy Harrington
Andy Harrington was born 131 years ago today and like most early baseball players, his professional baseball background is shrouded in mystery. He registered one game Eau Claire Commissioners of the Minnesota-Wisconsin League, C-Ball as it were in the day. That one game came in 1911 and he only resurfaced two years later when he was called upon by the Cincinnati Reds to pitch in a game on September 8, the first game of a doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The move came after Harrington went 8-13 in 23 starts for the Class-B Lynn Shoemakers of the New England League. Apparently, he had done enough there to warrant getting a look for the struggling Reds.
At Redland Field in Cincinnati, he entered the game in the sixth inning and actually finished the final four innings of the contest. He faced a lineup boasting Hall of Fame shortstop Honus Wagner and struggled. In his four innings of work, he allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits while walking one and striking out one. Harrington walked off the field with a career 9.00 ERA, which would stick as it was the last time he would toe a big-league rubber.
Predictably, the Reds lost 15-2 to fall to 55-80 on the season. They did manage to squeak out a 2-1 win in the second part of the doubleheader. Harrington got to watch that contest from the dugout, but was essentially done in organized baseball. As it turned out, he was a blip on the radar of baseball's storied history.