Will Harridge

William Harridge
Inducted to the Hall of Fame in: 1972
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Primary position: Executive

Will Harridge – who worked for the American League for 48 years – started out as a ticket agent for the Wabash Railroad Company, where he handled booking and transportation for A.L. teams and umpires. In 1911, he was hired as personal secretary for A.L. president and founder Ban Johnson before becoming league secretary in 1927. Elected A.L. president in 1931, Harridge served in that capacity until his retirement in 1958, later serving on the board of directors. During his record 28-year tenure, he presided over the birth of the All-Star Game in 1933 and maintained prosperity for the league.

"Harridge's greatest contribution to the changing baseball scene during his 27-year term as president was the All-Star Game. He had great pride in the American League. He wanted to win every All-Star Game just as much as he did the World Series. "
The Sporting News, 1971

Career stats

Year Inducted: 1972
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Position Played: Executive
Birth place: Chicago, Illinois
Birth year: 1881
Died: 1971, Evanston, Illinois