Former Tribe Pitcher Hospitalized With Pneumonia

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) - Legendary Cleveland Indians pitcher Mel Harder is hospitalized with pneumonia, team spokesman Bob DiBiasio said Friday.

Harder, 92, was admitted to Geauga Regional Hospital on Tuesday and was in stable condition Friday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

"Unfortunately, the pneumonia is not breaking up," DiBiasio said.

From 1928-47, Harder was one of the American League's most consistent pitchers, winning 223 games for the Indians, a team he later coached for 16 years.

In 1932, Harder was the starting pitcher for the first baseball game ever at Cleveland Municipal stadium. Harder, whose number 18 uniform was retired by the Indians, went on to appear in 582 games, more than any other Cleveland pitcher.

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