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History

Mel Harder

Inducted 1951
Pitcher 1928-1947, 1948-1963

Mel Harder's career spanned 20 seasons, the most by any player in Indians history. The Beemer, Neb. native broke into the majors with the Indians in 1928 and he concluded his career after the 1947 season with a 223-186 record and a 3.80 ERA. He appeared in 582 games, more than any other Indians player, and his 223 victories trail only Feller on the Indians all-time list.

Harder, a four-time American League All-Star, played in the mid-summer classic in 1934 through 1937. Mel collected 20 victories twice, in 1934 (20-12) and 1935 (22-11) and reached double figures in victories 14 times. From 1932-39 Harder tossed more than 200 innings and won at least 15 games in each of those years. Mel is in the Indians all-time top ten in innings pitched, shutouts, wins, strikeouts and games.

Mel led the Indians in innings pitched four times (1933-35 and 1937), wins five times (1934-35, 1937, 1938 and 1944), ERA four times (1933-35 and 1938), strikeouts three times (1933, 1935 and 1942) and complete games twice (1935 and 1944). After his playing career, he was the pitching coach for the Tribe from 1948-63. Mel Harder's No. 18 was retired by the Indians in 1990. Mel passed away at the age of 93 on October 20, 2002.

  • POSITION: Pitcher
  • BATS: Right
  • THROWS: Right
  • HEIGHT: 6'1"
  • WEIGHT: 195
  • BORN: October 15, 1909 in Beemer, NE
  • DEBUT: April 24, 1928
  • FINAL GAME: September 7, 1947
Indians Career Statistics
W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER BB SO WHIP
223 186 3.80 582 433 181 25 24 3426.1 3706 1714 1447 1118 1161 1.408