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Mark Harris

  • Birth 19 Nov 1922 Mount Vernon, Westchester County, New York, USA
  • Death 30 May 2007 Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, California, USA
  • Burial Cremated, Specifically: portion of his ashes will be scattered over the Mount Vernon baseball field where he played sandlot baseball
  • Memorial ID 19660583

Author. Born Mark Harris Finkelstein, he wrote dozens of novels and five nonfiction books and was noted for his baseball stories. He is best known for the acclaimed baseball novel "Bang the Drum Slowly," which he adapted for the 1973 movie starring Michael Moriarty and Robert DeNiro. The story was also adapted for a live TV segment of "The U.S. Steel Hour," starring Paul Newman in 1956. "Bang the Drum Slowly" was named most popular of the top 100 sports books of all time by Sports Illustrated Magazine. His other baseball novels included "The Southpaw" (1953), " A Ticket for a Seamstitch" (1957) and "It Looked Like For Ever" (1979). In 2001 he retired as professor of English from Arizona State University. He died of Alzheimer's disease.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 1 Jun 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19660583
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mark Harris (19 Nov 1922–30 May 2007), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19660583, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, who reports a portion of his ashes will be scattered over the Mount Vernon baseball field where he played sandlot baseball.