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Harry Simpson : biography

December 3, 1925 - April 3, 1979

Harry Leon "Suitcase" Simpson (December 3, 1925 – April 3, 1979) was an African American outfielder and first baseman in Major League Baseball who played for a number of teams. He played in the World Series with the New York Yankees in 1957, where they lost.

He was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and died in Akron, Ohio. He was one of the earliest black player in the American League, playing first with the Cleveland Indians in . Casey Stengel once called him the best defensive right fielder in the American League.Cleveland Indians Official 1952 Sketch Book.

That his nickname of "Suitcase" came from his being frequently traded during his playing career is a common misconception. According to the 1951 Cleveland Indians Sketch Book, he was called "Suitcase" by sportswriters after the Toonerville Trolley character, Suitcase Simpson because of his size 13 shoe with feet as large as suitcases. This is years before his many trades. His real nickname was "Goody" which came from his willingness to run errands and help neighbors in his hometown of Dalton, Georgia.Cleveland Indians Official 1951 Sketch Book.


In popular culture

The character Luther "Suitcase" Simpson in the Jesse Stone novels, and made for TV movies, by author Robert B. Parker, is given the nickname "Suitcase" or "Suit", by his gym teacher because of Harry Simpson.


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