Class of 2010
Pitcher, 1st Baseman
Tilden Tigers 1946-54, 56, 58-59; Tilden Terrors 1960-61
As part of a seemingly continuous line of memorable hurlers to take the field for Tilden, John Harings can be viewed as the first long-term standout from both the pitcher’s mound and the batter’s box in CRBL history.
Establishing himself as a consummate innings eater, the right-handed Harings led the league with a career high 131.1 innings pitched in 1948. In that same season, the righty also led the league with 11 wins and 155 strikeouts while posting a 3.29 ERA and earning a decision in each of Tilden’s 15 league games.
For the 13 and 1 North Division winning Tigers in 1950, Harings was the difference. Striking out 124 batters in 112 innings, he led the league with 2 shutouts and 12 wins against just 1 defeat. In 1951, he captured his lone ERA crown with a 2.63 mark, going 8 and 2 in 92.1 innings with 99 strikeouts for the 16 and 3 league runner-up Tigers. This capped an iron man start to his career in which he averaged 8 wins, 102 innings pitched, and 107 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.41 ERA during his first six league seasons. John’s other league leading totals came in saves three times (1946,1956,1958) and shutouts two more times (1947 and 1950).
With the bat, Harings hit over .300 in four of his fourteen seasons (1948,1949,1953,1961), with his career high of .391 (18 for 46) occurring in 1961. In the process of logging 199 career hits, John led the league with 19 knocks in 1949, 3 homeruns in 1953, and tied for the league lead in doubles with 5 and triples with 2 in 1948.
Participated in two All-Star games (1950 and 1951). One of the main cogs in Tilden‘s ascension to league dominance, Harings played on two division winners (1950 and 1960), one league champion (1949), and one WBA qualifier (1960).
Upon induction, John’s highest all-time rankings are that of 7th in innings pitched, 9th in wins, and 9th in strikeouts. Offensively, Harings has the most 5-hit games in league history with 3.