Billy Harris Celebrates Canadian Hall of FamePosted: Updated:
This was a day like may others. Billy Harris sat in the bar he owns, Billy's Bullpen Tavern, in Kennewick, and talked with the many friends he has made over the 25 years he has owned the bar.
Harris says, "We've got a wonderful tavern here. It's like a family, like a family."
But it was also a day of celebration, about three weeks ago, Billy Harris was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.
During a 15-year professional career that included 174 wins and over 1,300 strikeouts, Harris played short stints with the Brooklyn and LA dodgers.
Harris says, "I think my fondest memory was going to the Big Leagues with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Roy Campanella catching me, knowing all the guys that would become Hall of Famers. Ya know, when I first came to the Dodgers I looked at those guys as being big league saints but I found out one thing, they were human like I was."
But as friends and family gatherered at Billy's Bullpen, Harris was more than just a ballplayer.
Harris' daughter Gail Everett says, "It's weird. To me he is just Dad, so when we get into that other area, it's like wow, that is exciting."
Friend David Worthington presented Billy with a Dodgers jersey and jacket.
He says he loves hearing Billy's stories.
Worthington says, "He tells everything. He doesn't forget a thing."
While his professional baseball days are 50 years behind him, friends and family say he tells stories just like they happened yesterday.