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Harry Durheim’s Baseball Career

October 12, 2011

Harry Durheim, born on February 20, 1916, was the son of Ida and Fred Durheim. His mother died when he was 7 months old and his grandparents, Ferdinand and Mary (Heiden) Adermann raised him. By the time he was 21 years old, Harry was playing Minor League Baseball. According to his stats, he was 6’0″ and weighed 164 pounds. He threw and batted with his right hand.

Harry played six seasons, beginning in the “D” level teams and working his way up to playing for the Indianapolis Indians (a AA team) in 1945 at the age of 29. He was a pitcher and played 11 games that season, winning 8 of them for a win/loss percentage of .727. He was ranked 29th out of the top 100 pitchers in the league in 1945. It is fun to track his journey by beginning at Baseball Reference.com.

The Indians came in second place that season (behind the Milwaukee Brewers who were not yet a Major League team) and also competed against the Louisville Colonels, the St. Paul Saints, Minneapolis Millers, Toledo Mudhens, Kansas City Blues, and Columbus Red Birds. They were associated with the Boston Braves of the National League.

Harry married Gertrude Budde and they had one daughter. According to the notice of his death in the Effingham Daily News on January 20, 1964, he worked in the plumbing business and had coached basketball for 12 years at the Immanuel Lutheran Church Grade School. He died on January 18, 1964 at the age of 47 when the car he was driving slid on the icy road and ran into a utility pole.

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