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Les Layton and Jack Harshman, former Giants players, pass away

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  • Les Layton and Jack Harshman, former Giants players, pass away

    Les Layton played for the Giants in 1948, serving as a bench player. In 63 games, he hit .231 with two home runs, 14 runs scored and 12 RBI. His two dingers came off pretty good pitchers: Bill Voiselle and Johnny Schmitz, respectively.

    Layton, Lester Lee
    aged 92, of Scottsdale, Arizona, a retired aircraft planner died on March 1, 2014. ...

    He attended the University of Oklahoma, was a Navy veteran and had a professional baseball career spanning eleven seasons. In 1958, he was inducted into the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame. Lester began his pro-baseball career in 1944 with the New York Giants "Triple A" Farm Club, the Jersey City Giants. After serving in the Navy, he continued his baseball career with the Jersey City Giants and, in 1947, the team won the International League championship. In 1948, he played for the New York Giants and had the rare distinction of hitting a homerun his first time at bat on May 21, 1948. In 1949, he returned to the minor leagues where he played for six more seasons including the American Association League for Minnesota and two years for the Los Angeles Angels in the Pacific Coast League. In 1954 and 1955, he played for the Wichita Boeing Bombers. Lester was a wonderful person, always wore a smile and will be missed by everyone who knew him especially his daughter.
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    Jack Harshman actually passed away last August, but his death wasn't mentioned here. He had stints with the Giants in 1948, 1950 and 1952. In 1950, he had only four hits in 32 at-bats, but two of those hits were home runs. Talk about making them count!

    HARSHMAN, Jack, 86, retired baseball player, of Georgetown died Saturday. Survived by wife Virginia. Services pending with Ramsey, Georgetown.
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