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Melvin Leroy "Mel" Harder

Induction Year: 1978 Sport: Baseball

Outstanding righthanded pitcher who enjoyed a 20-year major league career with the Cleveland Indians. Won 223 games, lost 186 and owned a lifetime earned run average of 3.80. Was the starting pitcher for the Indians first major league baseball game ever played in Cleveland Municipal Stadium. After his retirement as an active player, served for many years as pitching coach for Cleveland.