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    Harry Elliott was a serviceable bench player in 1953 and 1955, hitting .256 with two home runs and 18 RBI in 92 games (176 at-bats). One of his two home runs came off of the great Preacher Roe.

    Harry Lewis Elliott, 89, died Friday, Aug. 9, at Sandstone Heights Nursing Home, in Little River, Kan. ...

    He then attended the University of Minnesota, where he earned three varsity letters in both football and baseball. He was the first Gopher to earn first-team Big Ten honors in the sport of baseball in 1949. After college, he taught in Austin for a short time and then signed a professional baseball contract with the San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League. The St. Louis Cardinals purchased his contract in 1953. He played for the Cardinals in 1953 and again in 1955, appearing in 68 games that season. He appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated in March of 1956. He retired in 1958 after appearing in 854 games with 1,034 hits and a lifetime batting average of .325.
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    Harry Elliott, an outfielder with the 1953 and 1955 St. Louis Cardinals died on August 13, although his death didn't become known to national news sources until about two weeks later. He was listed as the the 66th oldest living major leaguer by Wikipedia at the time of his passing, at the age of 89 years and 9 1/2 months. In his post-baseball days he lived primarily in the town of Lyons, Kansas and died in a medical facility at nearby Little River, Kansas. Lyons lived long enough to see the 60th anniversary of his major leagues debut on August 1.


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