Jeremiah Peter "Jerry" Harrington

An interesting figure and Keokuk native, Jeremiah Peter "Jerry" Harrington, played in the major leagues. His father was manager of the Keokuk Western Association team in 1885. Keeping baseball in the family, Harrington played youth baseball in Keokuk and semi-pro baseball in Bonaparte when he was 16. In 1887, at the age of 18, he signed with Creston in the Iowa League. For the following two years he played in the Interstate League with Decatur and Danville in Illinois, and Davenport in Iowa.
Harrington made it to the major leagues as the catcher for the Cincinnati Redlegs in 1890. In 1891 he was fined for unknown reasons and left the team. He played part of the season in Butte, Montana then Cincinnati took him back at the end of the season. In 1893, Harrington was traded and played his final year for the Louisville Colonels in 1893. He then moved back to Keokuk, played semi-pro baseball, and also become assistant chief of police. At the age of 44 he was killed when hit on the head with a can of beer by a thug in 1913. Harrington was noted for being the first catcher in baseball to throw to second base from the squatting position.
Harrington's story was told in "The Cincinnati Reds," a book by Lee Allen, published by G.P. Putnam's Sons in 1948. If anyone has a copy, knows the location of a copy, please contact us, or Shane Etter.

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