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Wilmer Harris

Died: Dec. 23, 2004 in Philadelphia


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Wilmer Harris

Wilmer Harris, who played for the Negro League's Philadelphia Stars, died on Dec. 23, 2004. He was 80.

According to his obituary, Harris debuted with the Philadelphia Stars in 1945 in a game at Yankee Stadium against the Kansas City Monarchs.

He was one of the last five living members of the Philadelphia Stars. He was honored, along with Mahlon Duckett, Stanley Glenn, Harold Gould and William Cash at a fund-raiser in 2003 for a Negro League Memorial Statue. The statue is scheduled to be unveiled in April 2005.

Wire reports on his death say that he finished his Negro League career with 120 wins. He also participated in leagues in Pamama, Venezuela and Santo Domingo.

Following his career in baseball, he worked at SPS Technologies and retired as a supervisor. He later worked for Allied Securities.

He was a board member of the Negro League Players Association.