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Burning River Baseball:
Melvin Leroy Harder
Retired #18, 4 Time All-Star (1934-1937)
Best Season (1934)
Mel Harder was the last Indian to get his number retired and the only one who is not in Baseball's Hall of Fame. The Indians have a team rule that in order for a player's number to be retired they have to be inducted into Cooperstown first, but Harder has a good reason to be an exception. He played for 20 seasons with the Cleveland Indians, two more than any other player in Indians hist...
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