Catching help for Dan’s club

Here’s a photograph from the May 19 1938 edition of the Toronto Daily Star of a catcher who was about to join the Toronto Maple Leafs baseball team.

San Harshaney or Harshany (1910-2001) had spent the previous four seasons with San Antonio of the Texas League, which was affiliated with the St. Louis Browns. He played well enough in the 1937 season to earn a brief callup to the Browns, getting one hit in 11 at-bats. The Maple Leafs were not affiliated with the Browns, but they needed a catcher and the Browns wanted to move him up a level (San Antonio was class A and Toronto was class AA), which is why he was in Toronto in 1938.

After his arrival in Toronto, Harshany batted .227 in 68 games, serving as a backup catcher. He then appeared in 11 games for the Browns. 1939 was his best season: he batted .328 in 44 games for the Maple Leafs, which earned him a mid-season callup to the Browns. He had one more at-bat with the Browns in 1940, which ended his major-league career.

Harshany went off to fight in the war and played the 1946 season in the Browns organization. After that, he was a player-manager in various low-level minor leagues in Texas. He last played in a minor-league game in 1954, when he was 44 years old.

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