“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.