WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) -- Harry
''Fritz'' Dorish, who led baseball's American League in saves in 1952 and
was the last American League pitcher to steal home base, died Sunday. He
who lived in Kingston, spent 45 years in baseball as a player, coach and
2, 1950, he stole home in the 5th inning of a game against the Washington
Senators, a feat that hasn't been repeated by an American League pitcher
one of the first true relief pitchers of the postwar era, led the league
in 1952 with 11 saves. The next season, he finished second in the league
with 18 saves.
right-hander finished his career with a 45-43 record in 834 innings
pitched and a 3.83 ERA. He hit .157 in 204 career at-bats with the Red
Sox, Browns, White Sox and Orioles
Born in Swoyersville, he was a son of the late
Hritz and Anna Dorish.
He was a 1941
graduate of Swoyersville High School, where he played on the school
He was a U.S. Army veteran
of World War II, serving in the Pacific
He played for the Red Sox C
and AAA teams, the minor league Louisville Colonels and in the major
leagues with the Boston Red Sox, the St. Louis Browns and the Baltimore
Orioles. He later worked as a coach for the Red Sox, the Atlanta Braves
and the Cincinnati Reds farm system, and as a scout for the Pittsburgh
Pirates and the Cleveland Indians.
He was a member of St. Mary's Annunciation Church, Kingston, the American
Legion Post 644, Swoyersville, and the VFW Post 396,
He was preceded in death by his
brother, William; and sister, Anna Fey.
Surviving are his wife of 52 years, the former Eleanor Uter; son, Gregory,
Luzerne; daughter, Barbara Jo German, Newark, Del.; brother, John,
Swoyersville; sister, Mary Urban, Swoyersville; and six
Funeral services will be at
8:30 a.m. Wednesday from the Hugh B. Hughes & Son Inc. Funeral Home,
1044 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m.
in St. Mary's Annunciation Church, with the Rev. Joseph Lasky
Interment will be in the parish
Friends may call from 2 to 4
and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial
donations may be made to Kingston Baseball & Softball Inc. or to the
Swoyersville Little League, 68 Eley St., Kingston, Pa. 18704.