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Harold “Harry” Nelson: Hall of Fame Class of 2020

Harry Nelson
11/17/2021 5:35 AM

Article By: CCBL Public Relations Office


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Harold “Harry” Nelson: Hall of Fame class of 2020


The Wagner standout won the 1964 CCBL batting title for Bourne with a .390 average, collecting 39 hits in 100 at-bats.  Nelson packed power in his swing with 7 doubles, 7 home runs and 27 RBI. Nelson, a Long Island native, was invited to Bourne by player-manager and 2009 CCBL Hall of Famer Lou Lamoriello. He saw double-duty as a pitcher when not starting in the outfield and was selected for the Upper Cape All-Star squad. The Red Sox invited Nelson to workout at Fenway Park, but he signed with the Yankees in 1965 as a pitcher. Nelson won 18 games in two seasons of Class A ball with Binghamton and Greensboro before injuring his rotator cuff. Nelson taught math in Massapequa, N.Y., and then returned to Wagner, where he worked in admissions. Harry operated the Lobster Inn and Indian Cove restaurants in Southampton before becoming owner of Southampton South Fork Realty. Nelson’s brother Rob played minor league baseball and is the inventor of Big League Chew, a bubble gum substitute for chewing tobacco. 


The Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame  induction ceremony is taking place on Sunday, November 21. Complete event details, including a full list of inductees can be found on our event page: