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Last player to homer for NY Giants dies at 81

Gail Harris, the final player to slug a home run for the New York Giants before they relocated to San Francisco, has died. He was 81.

According to a report from the Associated Press, Harris, who hit 51 homers over parts of six Major League seasons, passed away at his home in Gainesville, Va., on Nov. 14. Harris played first base for the Giants from 1955-57 and the Tigers from 1958-60.

Harris socked a pair of homers in a 9-5 win against the Pirates on Sept. 21, 1957. The Giants then scored just two runs -- one on an RBI single and the other on a sacrifice fly -- over their final four contests of the season. After the season, the franchise moved to the Bay Area.

Harris never played a game for the organization after it shifted across the country. The Giants traded him to Detroit in January 1958. He enjoyed the best season of his career in his first year with the Tigers, batting .273 with a career-high 20 homers and 83 RBIs.

A memorial service was held for Harris in Manassas, Va., last Saturday, according to the AP.

Zack Meisel is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @zackmeisel.
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