Toby Harrah

Toby Harrah“It took my 12 years to become an overnight sensation,” Toby Harrah said in 1982 when he was hitting .332 with 17 homers and 48 RBI at the All-Star break for the Cleveland Indians.

Harrah was often overlooked during his 17-year career, which was spent mostly with mediocre teams. He was a four-time All-Star, three times as a shortstop and once as a third baseman. As an offensive player he had the valuable combination of power, speed, and patience: hitting 20+ homers five times, stealing 20+ bases four times, and getting 90+ walks five times. At the age of 36 he played second base on a regular basis for the first time in his career and he hit .270 with 113 walks and a career-high .432 on-base percentage.

Harrah was the last former member of the Washington Senators to play in the major leagues.