The world of baseball has just lost an iconic player. Chuck Harmon has passed away at the age of 94.
"Chuck Harmon not only blazed a trail as the first African-American Reds player, he did it with dignity and grace and earned the highest admiration in the ranks of pro baseball's first and oldest franchise," reported WCPO.
The Reds franchise has spoken out about Chuck's passing.
"The entire Reds family is saddened to lose one of its great ambassadors. The first African American to play for the Reds, Chuck Harmon was much more than a ballplayer. He represents a pivot point in Reds history," Reds Chief Executive Officer Bob Castellini said of Harmon's death this week. "Chuck’s positive attitude and disposition helped diffuse the adversity he faced and set the tone for those following in his footsteps. He was beloved by his teammates during his career and remained a treasure to this franchise and its fans throughout his life. He will be missed.”
Harmon was said to be at his home when he died on Tuesday. His son confirmed the news and offered words of encouragement. He said his father is finally reunited with his wife, who had proceeded him in death by nearly a decade.
Harmon made his baseball debut in 1954. He played for years in the league and put up some respectable statistics. However, his crowning achievement came for being a legendary figure in other areas.
"Segregation was still a factor when Harmon played in the majors. He had to stay in a separate hotel or private home while on the road with the team. Some Cincinnati fans were not accepting of black players, either, and made it known at Crosley Field. But Harmon told WCPO in 2017 that he was still glad he was the first," according to reports.
Please join us in praying for Chuck's family and friends during this difficult time. We pray they find comfort in their faith and in God's eternal promise.
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