Gail Harris dies in Virginia at 81

Updated: November 23, 2012, 11:50 AM ET
Associated Press

GAINESVILLE, Va. -- Gail Harris, the last player to hit a home run for the New York Giants before they moved to the West Coast, has died.

Harris died at his Gainesville, Va., home on Nov. 14, according to Pierce Funeral Homes. He was 81.

The final home run before the Giants moved to San Francisco in 1957 came against Pittsburgh. Harris played for the New York Giants and the Detroit Tigers between 1955 and 1960.

Following his career as a first baseman he worked in insurance sales.

A memorial service was held for Harris in Manassas, Va. on Nov. 17. Pierce Funeral Homes said his remains were cremated.

Harris was originally from Abingdon, Va.


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