Minnesota Twins: The Top 5 Second Basemen in Franchise History
By Otto Johnson
No. 5: Bucky Harris
Years: 1919-1928 (10 Seasons)
Key Stats: 1252 G, 1297 Hits, 508 RBI, 167 SB, .275 BA, 15.6 WAR, 2.0 dWAR, Two Top-25 MVP Finishes
Bucky Harris was the Washington Senators second baseman for ten seasons that included the team’s first championship in 1924. He played over 1,200 games with the team, and was a player and manager from 1924-1928. He won it all in his first year managing the team, adding to his legacy.
Harris had a really strong playing career for the Senators as well, hitting .275 and racking up 1,297 hits (good for 21st all-time), and tallying 508 RBI. He was decent on the base paths too, stealing 167 bases over his time with the team. He played with a lot of heart, leading a very talented team.
His defense wasn’t perfect, as he collected a rather disappointing .965 fielding percentage over his career, but he only had three seasons where his dWAR was below average, which results in his decent enough dWAR of 2.0.
Harris’ main contribution to the team was his time as a manager. Over his career in charge he led them to two pennants, one championship and 1,336 wins. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1975 for his work as a manager. Bucky Harris was a solid player and manager for a long time with the team, and he is well deserving of his spot of fifth on this list.