Bob Harmon – “Selectively Wild”

“Hickory Bob” Harmon was born on October 15, 1887 in Liberal, MO. He made his debut at age 21 on June 23, 1909. He played for 5 seasons for the Cardinals. He was “selectively wild” in his pitching as he had his best season in St. Louis in 1911 when he won 23 games and lost 16. He walked 188 batters and threw 31 wild pitches while striking out 144. He complete 28 games that year and compiled a 3.13 ERA.

He was traded, along with 2 others, to Pittsburgh in exchange for five players on December 12, 1913.

“(Roger) Bresnahan considers him one of the best and speediest young pitchers in America. (Bob) Harmon is a fine fielding pitcher, being intelligent and having all the ear marks of a comer.” – Alfred H. Spink in The National Game (1911)