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If you clicked on the info icon or the "Stats / Notes / Bio" link, you've reached this page which contains notes, memories, trivia and more about Harry  Bright.  If you have anything to add to this player's information, an interesting bit of trivia or a personal memory or story about Harry, please feel free to share it with us by filling out the form at the bottom of the page. Be sure to include your name and town.

Facts, Trivia, Memories and More about Harry Bright

Transactions

Acquired: April 21, 1963 - Purchased from the Cincinnati Reds

Released: September 11, 1964 - Released by the Yankees

Highlights

July 20, 1963: Harry's two-run homer of Dick Donovan in the bottom of the 7th proves to be the margin of victory for the Yankees over the Indians in a 5-4 victory.  Following a Johnny Blanchard single in the 4th and a two-run homer by Joe Pepitone in the 6th, Bright's HR gave the Yankees and Whitey Ford a 5-1 lead over the Tribe. It stayed that way until the 9th when Ford allowed a one-out, two-run triple to Max Alvis (who homered off Ford earlier for Cleveland's first run.)  Ford was lifted for Hal Reniff who gave up an RBI pinch-hit single to Fred Whitfield, followed by another single by John Romano.  However, Reniff managed to induce a 1-6-3 double play to end the threat and the game as Ford improved to 15-3 on the season.

July 21, 1963: Harry bats fifth and goes 2-for-3 with 3 RBI including a home run as the Yankees best the Indians 5-2 in the first game of a double-header sweep in the Bronx.  The Yankees got to Tribe starter Jack Kralick right out of the gate as the first three Yankee batters in the first (Tony Kubek, Bobby Richardson and Joe Pepitone) loaded the bases on consecutive singles.  Elston Howard followed with a sac fly, plating Kubek, and a two-run single by Harry Bright (only one was credited as an RBI as the second run scored on an error.  Hector Lopez followed with an infield single and Kralick was pulled in favor of Pedro Ramos, who got a strike-em-out/throw-em-out double play courtesy of batter Phil Linz and baserunner Lopez.)

Ramos and Jerry Walker held the Yankees at three runs until Bright reached Walker for a two-run homer with two out in the eighth.  Yankee starter Al Downing shut out Cleveland until he was lifted in the 9th after walking the first two batters of the frame.  Hal Reniff relieved, striking out Tito Francona, then allowing a single (Willie Kirkland) and a double (Max Alvis) to plate two runs. Reniff recovered to retire Joe Adcock and pinch-hitter Fred Whitfield to notch his 13th save on the season.  Downing improved to 6-1.

Notes

Paul from Wading River reported that he saw a scorecard from a May 4th, 1963 game listing Harry as #29. He would later switch to #14. For the record, the Yankees won that game 3-2 in Minnesota. Stan Williams, going 8-2/3 of four hit ball, got the win over Jim Kaat. Bright started at first base, batting fifth behind Mickey Mantle and went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.  Bright was lifted for pinch hitter Joe Pepitone in the top of the ninth.  Pepitone fared no better, flying out to deep center.  Hal Reniff relieved Williams in the 9th with two out after an Earl Battey two-out double closed the Minnesota deficit to 3-2.  Reniff retired future Yankee Bernie Allen on a grounder to second for the save.


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