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Mel Harder

A New View for Harder With Tribe

September 23, 2013 |

April 19, 1948

When the Indians take the field tomorrow afternoon to open the 1948 season, Mel Harder will begin the season in the same place he has every year since 1937 — on the bench. However, this year it likely will be a different feeling than he’s ever felt before, yet one he has demonstrated comfort in for years.

If No. 18 strides to the mound tomorrow, it won’t be in relief of Indians ace Bob Feller, it will be to offer advice or talk strategy. After 20 seasons in an Indians uniform, this year Harder no longer is on the active roster; he is in his first year as the Tribe’s pitching coach.

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A New View for Harder With Tribe

September 18, 2013 |

This is the second preview story of the Did The Tribe Win Last Night 1948 project. The DTTWLN staff will begin the #48Replay on September 22 with daily posts and tweets as if the 1948 season were live action. We encourage our readers to enjoy the 1948 season all winter long, in addition to our regular Tribe coverage.

April 19, 1948

When the Indians take the field tomorrow afternoon to open the 1948 season, Mel Harder will begin the season in the same place he has every year since 1937 — on the bench. However, this year it likely will be a different feeling than he’s ever felt before, yet one he has demonstrated comfort in for years.

If No. 18 strides to the mound tomorrow, it won’t be in relief of Indians ace Bob Feller, it will be to offer advice or talk strategy. After 20 seasons in an Indians uniform, this year Harder no longer is on the active roster; he is in his first year as the Tribe’s pitching coach.

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Harder Rounds Out Indians All-Time Team Rotation

December 27, 2012 | | One Comment

By Ronnie Tellalian

There is only one player in Major League history to both play and coach for 20 plus years. He is also the only eligible player not in the Hall of Fame that played for 20 or more years with the same ball club. At the time he retired in 1947, he was the Indians all time leader in wins, games started, and innings pitched. I had the honor of meeting him at a fundraiser for my baseball team back in 1996. A man I didn’t know was escorted into the room in a wheelchair. He appeared frail and old, but he had strength and joy in his eyes. He was introduced to me as Indians legend Mel Harder.

Starting Pitcher: Mel Harder

Harder began his professional career at the age of 17 with minor league teams in Dubuque Iowa and Omaha Nebraska. In his first pro season, he won 17 of his 33 starts and gained the attention of the Cleveland Indians. In 1928 the Tribe signed the 18 year old and he began his career in the Indians bullpen. By 1930, his diving curveball and good control earned him a spot in the Indians starting rotation. He didn’t blow anyone away in that first season, but he won 11 games with a 4.21 ERA.

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