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Gail Harris, last New York Giant to homer, dies at 81

November 23, 2012|By Houston Mitchell
  • One of Gail Harris' baseball cards.
One of Gail Harris' baseball cards. (Topps )

Gail Harris, the last player to hit a home run for the New York Giants before they moved to California, has died in Gainesville, Va. He was 81.

Harris hit two home runs on Sept. 21, 1957, against the Pirates in Pittsburgh, leading the Giants to a 9-5 victory. The moved to San Francisco for the 1958 season.

“They happened to throw it where I was swinging,” Harris said in a 2008 interview with the Bristol Herald Courier in Virginia.

Harris did not make the move to San Francisco with the team. He was traded to Detroit before the 1958 season and had the best year of his career with the Tigers, hitting .273 with 20 homers.

Harris retired after the 1960 season.

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