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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Terry Harmon

In 1967, the first year listed on the back of this card, Terry Harmon was the sound of one hand clapping. He had no at bats, no doubles, no triples, no home runs, no runs, no RBI, and a batting average of .000. He existed without existing. Other members of the 1967 Phillies, unable to recall Harmon ever being around, were surprised in later years to see his grim, robotic visage among familiar faces in the team picture for that season. There is no listing on the back of this card for 1968, evidence perhaps that it is possible to do even less than nothing. In 1969, Harmon commenced churning out a few generically forgettable seasons, blooping enough broken-bat singles in limited action to bat in or around the low .200s. I don't know if this means anything, but I was born during Terry Harmon's less-than-nothing season of 1968; furthermore, the birth occurred in Willingboro, New Jersey, and as far as I can tell the only Cardboard God ever to have had anything to do with Willingboro, New Jersey, seems to have been Terry Harmon, who resided there when this photograph was taken of him reaching for a groundball that will never arrive.

2 Comments:

Blogger spudrph said...

HEY! I live in Willingboro, New Jersey!

I had no idea about Terry Harmon, though. Thanks for the information.

Sean Casey was born here, too, as was Olympic sprinter Carl Lewis. Those are the only other people of note I am aware of, though.

12:22 PM  
Blogger Josh Wilker said...

Hey spudrph: Thanks for reminding me about Carl Lewis. I only learned about Sean Casey during this year's playoffs. I also just discovered that Greg "The Bull" Luzinski lived in Willingboro while playing for the Phillies.

8:54 AM  

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