Date and Place of Birth: September 6, 1911 Los Angeles, California
Died: November 29, 2004 Valparaiso, Indiana
Military Unit: 6th Ferrying Group, Air Transport Command USAAF
Area Served: United States
Major League Stats: Harry Danning on Baseball-Almanac
Harry Danning was born on
September 6, 1911 in
Danning remained a back-up catcher for the Giants until 1937 when he replaced Gus Mancuso as the team’s starter behind the plate. Starting in 1938, Danning enjoyed four straight all-star seasons. His best year was 1939, when he batted .313 in 135 games and hit 16 home runs.
Danning entered military service with the Army on April 6, 1943. Shortly after induction, Danning and his fellow GIs heard a rumor that if you could shoot well you would go into the infantry. At the rifle range Danning didn't shoot at his target and still got 12 bulls eyes in ten shots! Everyone was shooting at each other's targets.
|Harry Danning (left) with Red Ruffing
for the 6th Ferrying Group
Nevertheless, he still
managed to avoid the infantry and served with the Army Air Force at
Long Beach Army Air Base in
Sergeant Danning regularly
played for the 6th Ferrying Group ball team throughout
the war. On April 11, 1943, he was catching for the Service
All-Stars when they defeated
In May 1945, Danning was
admitted to an Army hospital due to knee injuries suffered while
playing baseball. Doctors advised him that continuing to play the
game could cause permanent damage and the 33-year-old decided to
retire from the game. Following his discharge, Danning was a minor
league coach and worked as a car dealer, a newspaper and magazine
distributor and an insurance executive.
Harry Danning passed away on
November 29, 2004 in
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