Bright in 1962.
Born: September 22, 1929|
Kansas City, Missouri
Died: March 13, 2000 (aged 70)|
|August 7, #REDIRECT Template:Baseball year for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
Last MLB appearance
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Career highlights and awards
Harry James Bright (September 22, 1929 – March 13, 2000) was an American first baseman, third baseman, utilityman and scout in Major League Baseball, and a longtime player and manager in minor league baseball. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Bright stood Script error: No such module "convert". tall, weighed Script error: No such module "convert"., and threw and batted right-handed.
During his minor league playing career, Bright was known for his versatility in the field — he played every infield position, caught and played the outfield — his batting ability, and his frequent changes of address: in a 12-year stretch,
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Bright's best minor league season came when he was a 30-year-old veteran playing for the 1960 Salt Lake City Bees in the Pacific Coast League. He slugged 27 home runs, led the PCL with 119 RBI and batted .313. Bright was a fixture in the Pacific Coast League of the 1950s, having played three and a half seasons for the Sacramento Solons (1955–58). He became a resident of Sacramento, and later managed the Solons in
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Major League career
Bright's first Major League trials came with the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he played in parts of the
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Bright batted only once for the
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1963 World Series
Then, in Game 1 of the 1963 World Series, Bright made history when he was sent up as a ninth-inning pinch hitter against Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Bright struck out, enabling Koufax to set a new mark (broken five years later by Bob Gibson) for strikeouts (15) in a World Series game. Said Bright: "It's a hell of a thing. I wait 17 years to get into a World Series. Then I finally get up there, and 69,000 people are yelling — yelling for me to strike out."  To compound matters, the game was played in Bright's home ballpark, Yankee Stadium.
Bright struck out again in his only other World Series at bat, and by
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In 1967, Bright "resumed" his minor league managerial career in the farm system of the Chicago Cubs after a 15-year hiatus, taking over the reins of the Quincy Cubs of the Class A Midwest League, a decade and a half after his stint as playing skipper of the Cubbies' Janesville affiliate. He later managed in the Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers and Atlanta Braves organizations, and scouted for the Montreal Expos. He died in Sacramento at the age of 70.
- "K is for Koufax," Time Magazine, October 11, 1963
- Spink, C.C. Johnson, ed., The 1965 Official Baseball Register. St. Louis: The Sporting News, 1965.
- K is for Koufax, TIME Magazine, October 11, 1963
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
- Venezuelan Professional Baseball League statistics