Solons Pitcher, 1955 - 1957
Earl "Irish" Harrist, from Simsboro, Louisiana, started his professional baseball career in 1938 with El Dorado of the Cotton States loop. In 1946, he pitched two no-hit games for Syracuse, equalling a record set in 1911. He also hurled five shutouts that season to lead the league. In 1939 he paced the Cotton States circuit with 223 strikeouts.

He played in the major leagues, where he got into 14 games for the Reds in 1945 and did quite a bit of relief pitching for the White Sox and Senators in 1947 and 1948. He came to the Pacific Coast League to pitch for Oakland in 1949, and remained part of the Oaks' bench until 1952, when he went back to the majors to pitch as reliever for the Browns in 1952. The following year, he pitched a few games for both the White Sox and the Tigers.

Harrist returned to the PCL to hurl for Sacramento in 1955. He threw 114.3 innings in 1955, 204.7 innings in 1956, and 158.3 innings in 1957. His era for the Solons never went above 3.52 for any year.


Copyright 2001, William B. Shubb.