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Harry the Horse Danning Harry the Horse Danning

Catcher, Right-handed - New York Giants 1933-1942

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A fans favorite and a every-day type of guy, Harry Dannig was the perfect-team player...

The following from Microsoft Complete Baseball:

'Up on Coogan's Bluff back in the 1930s New York Giants fans fell in love with a guy they called "Harry the Horse.' Harry Danning, who stood 6-foot-1 and weighed 190 pounds, was a backup catcher for the first half of his career until Giants manager Bill Terry (the last National Leaguer to bat .400 in one season) elevated him to a starting role in 1938.

Given his opportunity, Danning didn't disappoint. He became an All-Star. In 120 games that year, Danning batted .306, the first of three consecutive .300 seasons. Harry the Horse, a contact hitter with a little pop in his bat, had the year of his career the following season when he hit .313, drove in 74 runs and smashed 16 home runs.

And he handled the great Carl Hubbell to boot. Giants fans were wild about Harry, maybe because he represented the underdog, the guy who waited patiently for his big chance and then delivered when his turn in the spotlight came. Danning played 890 big-league games - all for the Giants - in his 10 seasons and finished with a career batting average of .285.'

Harry Danning career stats: .285 BA, 847 Hits, 2971 at-bats, 162Ds, 26Ts, 57 HR, 363 Runs, 397 RBIs, 217Ks, 187 Walks, .330 on-base-pct, .415 slugging pct... - Baseball History

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