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Harry Walker

Harry William Walker
Nickname: Harry the Hat
Born: Oct. 22, 1916 in Pascagoula, Miss.
Died: Aug. 8, 1999 in Birmingham, Ala.
Debut: 1940 | Pos: OF
H: 6'2" | W: 190 | B: L | T: R
11 807 2651 385 786 10 214 42 .296

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Harry "The Hat" Walker, who led the National League in hitting in 1947, died on Aug. 8, 1999 in Birmingham, Ala., following complications from a stroke. He was 80.

In his career, Walker hit .296 with 10 home runs and 214 RBI. In 1947, he hit .363 in 25 at-bats with the Cardinals and 488 with Philadelphia.

His nickname was a reference to his habit of adjusting his hat between pitches.

He played in three World Series -- 1942, 1943 and 1946. In 1943 and 1947, he was a member of the All-Star team.

Following his playing career, he continued to work in baseball as a manager, coach, minor league director and scout.

He was 640-604 as a major league manager including stints with the Cardinals (1955), the Pirates (1965-67) and Houston (1968-1972). His Pirates finished 92-70 in 1966 for third in the National League.

Sources: Associated Press, Total Baseball