Fay: Chuck Harmon, Reds’ first African American player, dies at 94

From John Fay at the Cincinnati Enquirer on March 20, 2019:

Chuck Harmon, the first African-American to play for the Cincinnati Reds, has died at age 94, sources confirmed to The Enquirer.

Harmon broke in with the Reds in 1954. He played with the team until 1956 when he was traded to St. Louis. A first baseman/third baseman, Harmon hit .236 with seven home runs and 59 RBI in his time with the Reds.

Harmon was born in Washington, Indiana. He was standout in basketball as well as baseball and led his high school basketball team to back-to-back state titles. He earned a scholarship to the University of Toledo, where he played basketball and baseball.

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Originally published: March 20, 2019. Last Updated: March 20, 2019.