Robert Green “Bob” Harmon (1887-1961) pitched in only 16 minor league games with the 1909 Shreveport Pirates of the Texas League going 5-3, and amazingly amongst his five wins was a no-hitter. The St. Louis Cardinals snatched up the big right-hander that season, adding him to the top of their rotation that included Hall of Famer Vic Willis and ace Slim Salle, among others. Bob tended to be a little wild early on and he led the league in walks twice and wild pitches once in his first three seasons, but his durability kept him in the rotation and he also led the NL in starts in 1911. Harmon pitched nine years in the National League with the Cardinals (1909-1913) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (1914-1916, 1918) and won ten or more games five times including his 23-win season in 1911 – fourth best in the NL. After five years in the Gateway City, Bob’s effectiveness began to wane and he was shipped to Pittsburgh where he would finish his career. Bob Harmon retired with a record of 107-133, 634 strikeouts, 143 complete games, 15 shutouts and a 3.33 ERA in 240 starts and 321 game appearances.
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