Mel Harder - 1934 Goudey

Melvin Leroy Harder (October 15, 1909 - October 20, 2002) pitched more games in a Cleveland Indians uniform (582) than any other and is second only to Bob Feller (266) with career wins (223). He is also the Indians leader in losses with 186. Mel spent his entire career in Cleveland (1928-1947) and then spent 15 more years with the club as pitching coach spending a total of 36 years in Cleveland. Mel pitched the first game at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium in 1932, led the American League in ERA (2.95) in 1933 and shutouts (6) in 1934. From 1931 to 1940, Harder won ten or more games each year, including back-to-back 20-win years in 1934 and 1935 and earned four AL All-Star selections. Mel was the only pitcher to throw 10 All-Star innings without allowing a single earned run. He was especially effective against Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio who batted a measly .180 lifetime against Harder. Over 20 years in an Indians uniform, Mel Harder went 223-186 with 181 complete games, 25 shutouts, 23 saves, 1,161 strikeouts and a 3.80 career ERA in 433 starts and 582 games. Following his playing days, Harder handled the Cleveland rotation and bullpen as a pitching coach for 20 more seasons. Unfortunately, the Indians never played in the World Series during his career, but won the title the year after he retired and the year before he began as pitching coach. 



Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
2 NM-MT 8 (18)

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