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Gloversville: Harmon tops list of inductees

Gloversville: Harmon tops list of inductees

Chuck Harmon, the first African-American to play for the Cincinnati Reds, heads the list of new indu

Chuck Harmon, the first African-American to play for the Cincinnati Reds, heads the list of new inductees into the Fulton County Baseball & Sports Hall of Fame.

Also being inducted during ceremonies on Aug. 30 at Parkhurst Field will be Gloversville High School graduate Loren Stewart and Babe Baldwin Sr. of Mayfield.

In addition to the induction ceremonies, two games will be played at Parkhurst Field. The first game, at noon, will be a throwback game between the Gloversville Glovers and Johnstown Buckskins, featuring Little League all-stars from Gloversville and Johnstown wearing uniforms modeled after those worn by the former professional teams of the Twin Cities.

At 2 p.m., the Whatley Pioneers of western Masschusetts will play the local AJ&G team in a vintage game. Both teams will wear turn-of-the-century uniforms and use period gloves, balls and bats.

The induction ceremonies will be held between innings of the vintage game.

According to organizer Mike Hauser, Harmon, who is now in his 90s, will return to Gloversville for the first time in 40 years to attend the ceremonies. Harmon signed a professional contract in 1947, the same year that Jackie Robinson signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers, and began his pro career with the Glovers. He joined the Reds in 1954.

Harmon’s nickname was “Glove” — not because he played for the Glovers, but because he carried a different glove for every position, according to his biography, “First Black Red: The Story of Chuck Harmon.”

Harmon spent four years in the major leagues, playing for the Reds, Phillies and Cardinals, before retiring in 1962.

Stewart was signed by the St. Louis Browns of the American League right out of high school, playing his first pro game three weeks later in an exhibition game between the Browns and the Glovers, giving up a home run on his very first pitch.

Stewart, who died in 2007 at the age of 78, later found success in what was then called the “end of game saver” role. In 1950, he made an all-time Can-Am League record of 56 pitching appearances, 45 in relief.

But his baseball career ended that year. He was drafted into the Army at the beginning of the Korean War, and married in 1952, after being honorably discharged.

Baldwin is known as one of the area’s greatest all-around athletes. after lettering in baseball, basketball and soccer in all four years at Mayfield.

Baldwin went on to play baseball at Ithaca College, but left college when he signed with the New York Yankees in 1959.

He was assigned to the Auburn Yankees of the New York-Penn League, but after three disappointing appearances, he was released in May, less than a month after his first professional relief appearance.

Baldwin returned to Fulton County and enrolled in the Amsterdam School of Commerce, going on to a successful career in retail sales and finance.

Admission will be a $5 donation to the Hall of Fame fund. Limitied edition Chuck Harmon lithographs and copies of his biography will be available for signing.

For additional information, contact Hauser at 725-5565 or go to

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