Walter "Buddy" Harris
Walter "Buddy" Harris
Class of: 1974
Sport(s): Men's Basketball, Baseball, and Mens' Track
Inducted: 1984

"Buddy" is one of those gifted athletes who excelled in two sports. He was an outstanding athlete at Roxborough HS in both basketball and baseball. In basketball, he made the All Public team two years and was the recipient of an award as the best player in the Northwest Philadelphia area and climaxed his career by being selected to win the William Markward Award which is given to the top HS player in the City of Philadelphia. He also made 3rd Team HS All-American and won the Men of Cliveden Award as the City's Outstanding Athlete.

In baseball, he was selected for the All Public team and won many honors in the American Legion Program, including being selected as the top player in the State of Pennsylvania. He was drafted by the Houston Astros for a substantial bonus and played in Covington, Peninsula of the Carolina League and Columbus Astros of the Southern League, where he distinguished himself enough to be called up to the parent Houston Astros.

Arm trouble reared its ugly head and he pitched the next three years at Oklahoma City, Tidewater, and finally, with Mexico City in the Mexican League. Buddy's career, while unfortunately shortened by injuries, shows that he has accomplished many things in two sports which many athletes find difficult to do in one sport. He is still considered one of the best athletes to emerge from the Philadelphia area high schools and the Philadelphia Area American Legion Baseball Program.