Colbert Dale (Toby) Harrah
(b. October 26, 1948 in Sissonville, West Virginia
) is a former professional baseball player who played with the Texas Rangers
both before and after their 1971 franchise shift before later being traded to the Cleveland Indians
and the New York Yankees
. In 1992, he briefly managed the Rangers.
He played high school baseball in his hometown of LaRue, Ohio
and was scouted out but was not signed at graduation as most scouts thought he planned to attend college on a baseball scholarship. A few months later, Tony Lucadello
followed up and found that Harrah was not attending school, but was instead working in a factory in nearby Marion, Ohio
. Lucadello signed Harrah for the Philadelphia Phillies
in December, .
After one year in the Phillies organization, Harrah was drafted by the Washington Senators
in the fall of . He advanced to the major league club in ; the next year the franchise relocated and became the Texas Rangers
. He was the regular shortstop through , then moved to third base, although he still saw some action at short. He was selected to the American League All-Star team in , , and . He had a career best 93 RBIS
In , Toby was traded to the Cleveland Indians
for Buddy Bell
, a player thought to be fairly similar in many respects. He was the Indians regular third baseman through and made the All-Star team in . That year he had 100 runs and a career best .304 batting average.
In , Harrah was traded to the New York Yankees
, where he... Read More