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 Henry Anton “Harry” Heitmann

Henry Anton “Harry” Heitmann

Albany, Albany County, New York, USA
Death 15 Dec 1958 (aged 62)
Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Burial Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Plot Section: 2S , Site: 695
Memorial ID 2590656 · View Source
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Fireman 3 Cl.
U. S. Navy
World War I

Harry played in 1 Major League game, for the Brooklyn Robins, against the St. Louis Cardinals, on July 27, 1918. It was the 2nd game of a doubleheader.

Published by SABR, (Society for American Baseball Research), in the 2000's
by Al Kermisch

  Harry Heitman pitched in one major league game in 1918, and although he died in 1959, his name is still the subject of lore each year on the anniversary of his debut.  Last year the entry on Heitman in
"The Date: in Baseball" read:

"July 27, 1918 - Brooklyn Dodger rookie Henry Heitman completed the shortest career in major league history. He faced four Cardinals and gave up four hits, he never played pro ball again.”

  It is true that Harry gave up hits to the first four batters he faced and never pitched again in the majors. However, the statement that he never played pro ball again is erroneous.

Heitman was a fine minor-league player before, and after, his one game in the majors.

A Brooklyn lad, he was taken south by the Dodgers in 1918. Sent to Rochester in the International League for seasoning, he won 17 games and lost only six, with a league leading ERA of 1.32, and was hitting .336 in 47 games before he left the club in July to join the Navy.

He was stationed in Brooklyn and played that one game with the Dodgers while on leave from his Navy duties.

After his discharge in 1919, Heitman returned to Rochester. He spent many years in the International League with both Rochester and Buffalo, playing the outfield and pitching, and later played first base and the outfield in both the Eastern and New England leagues.
- Al Kermisch
Harry Heitman's professional career was, in fact, so brilliant that the Brooklyn Eagle noted that even before he volunteered to fight and die, for his country, even before he was summoned from his Navy furlough to to help the Brooklyn club in a doubleheader, he had earned the title of 'Iron Man of the International League'.

Harry won his 'Iron Man' nickname when, while a member of the Rochester Red Wings, he pitched and won both games of a doubleheader twice in, amazingly, a 5 day period.

✞ Henry Anton Heitman was buried with military honors at Cypress Hills National Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. His grave is among his fellow sailors and soldiers who fought, and many who died, for our nation in wars from the War of 1812 thru the Vietnam War.


New York
US Navy
World War I
Oct 6 1896
Dec 15 1898




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  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 2590656
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Henry Anton “Harry” Heitmann (6 Oct 1896–15 Dec 1958), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2590656, citing Cypress Hills National Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA ; Maintained by sandlotball (contributor 48215387) .