Harry "The Horse" Danning's 1941
Harry “The Horse” Danning was a four-time
All-Star catcher for the powerful New York Giants
club from 1933 to 1942. He played alongside Mel
Ott and Bill Terry and was screwballer Carl Hubbell’s
favorite catcher. One of only about 150 Jewish
players ever to play the game (out of approximately
15,000 players who have played since 1869), Harry
was regarded as one of the best when he played.
He wore this road jersey during the 1941 season.
He signed it on the bottom. The jersey is made
up of such a thick flannel that it’s hard
to imagine ballplayers wearing it during hot summer
afternoons, when games were played predominantly
during the day.
One afternoon, when Harry was 88, he came over
to my house where I filmed his recollections.
Click here to see
my short film on him called The Last Giant.
"The Horse" Danning