FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Former Major League Baseball player and Maples native Harley Hisner passed away last Friday at the age of 88.
Hisner, a Hoagland High School graduate, made it to the Majors with the Boston Red Sox at the end of the 1951 season. After waiting two weeks for his opportunity, Hisner got the start on the mound in the last game of the season against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Hisner pitched well, but took the loss – giving up the final hit of Joe DiMaggio’s career and striking out a young Mickey Mantle twice.
It was Hisner’s only game in the big leagues. He started the 1952 season at Triple A and never returned to the Majors.
WANE-TV documented his career in August of 2013.
Click here for Hisner’s obituary, including visitation hours and service information.