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Harry Acton


Date and Place of Birth: April 6, 1892 Milledgeville, OH
Date and Place of Death:    October 11, 1918 Camp Sherman, Chillicothe, OH
Baseball Experience: Minor League
Position: Pitcher
Rank: Private
Military Unit: Company D, Development Battalion US Army  
Area Served: United States

Harry B. Acton was born on April 6, 1892 in Milledgeville, Ohio. He was pitching for a semi-pro team in Springfield, Ohio, when he was signed by the Detroit Tigers in November 1916, having been recommended to manager Hughie Jennings by Harry Martin, veteran catcher and former manager of the Fort Wayne Central League club. He joined the Scranton Miners of the Class B New York State League in 1917, and made eight appearances for a 1-7 record.

The following year, on July 19, Acton enlisted in the US Army. He was stationed at Camp Sherman in Chillicothe, Ohio, with Company D, Development Battalion. He died from pneumonia on October 11, 1918, aged 26. Private Harry Acton is buried at Ferncliff Cemetery in Springfield, Ohio (Lot 195, Section G, Grave 1).

Sporting Life Nov 11, 1916

Date Added: July 14, 2012


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