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 Harry Agganis

Harry Agganis

Birth
Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 27 Jun 1955 (aged 26)
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot Plot Z, Lot 75
Memorial ID 3608 · View Source
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Major League Baseball Player. Known as the "Golden Greek", he was a promising, highly touted, popular multi-sport athlete while attending Boston University. His skills were such that he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox and football's Cleveland Browns, opting for baseball and the Red Sox when that team made a better offer. He spent 1953 with the Red Sox's Louisville, Kentucky farm team, where he hit 23 home runs and 109 RBIs, which was good enough to get him promoted to the parent club after only one minor league season. His 1954 rookie season saw him play as the Red Sox's starting 1st Baseman, although he batted only .251. The next year he was batting over .300 when, after 25 games, he developed pneumonia, which caused him to be hospitalized for 10 days. He recovered, but again slipped into sickness, and suddenly died of a pulmonary embolism while at Santa Maria Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Boston community went into mourning after his death, and over 10,000 people passed by his bier during his funeral. His brief Major League career brought totals of 157 games played, 135 hits, 11 home runs, and a .255 batting average.

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  • Added: 30 Sep 1998
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3608
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Harry Agganis (20 Apr 1929–27 Jun 1955), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3608, citing Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .