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Samuel HarshanyBorn: April 24, 1910 in Madison, Ill. Died: Feb. 1, 2001 in San Antonio, TexasDebut: :1937 | Pos: CHt: 6’0″ | Wt: 180 | B: R | T: RYrs G AB R H HR RBI SB BA4 61 181 17 43 0 15 0 .238>> Visit the Sam Harshany biography on Baseball Almanac for complete statistics.Sam Harshany, a catcher with the St. Louis Browns in the late 1930s, died on Feb. 1, 2001 in San Antonio, Texas. In 4 seasons, from 1937-40, Harshany hit .238 with 15 RBIs in 181 at-bats. All of his RBIs came during the 1939 season when he appeared in 42 games — his career high.During World War II, Harshany served as an officer aboard a troop ship.A former player for the San Antonio Missions, Harshany built his house with concrete blocks that were used in the construction of the old Missions Field.One of his games, however, proved a moment of controversy. According to an article in the San Antonio Express at the time of his death, Harshany was the catcher for the Browns when Detroit’s Hank Greenberg hit an inside-the-park home run.The play involved a close play at the plate in which Harshany thought Greenberg was out. Greenberg, however, was credited with his 58th home run of the season.According to the story, Greenberg admitted in his biography that he had been out on the play. Harshany is said to have written to Greenberg to ask for a photo of the play so that he could prove to his children that the play had been an out.Greenberg is reported to have written Harshany, telling him that he did not have a photo of the play, but that he wrote, “I was out by a mile and had no business being called safe.