One of the city's great baseball ambassadors, Chuck Harmon began his association with the Cincinnati Reds in 1952 when he was acquired by the club after five successful campaigns in the Minor Leagues. Harmon made the 1954 Reds roster as a utility player and was called on to pinch-hit on April 17 in Milwaukee. When he stepped into the batter's box, Harmon became the first African American to wear a Reds uniform in a regular season game. Harmon spent three seasons with the Reds and retired from the game in 1957.
Harmon has spent most of his post-playing career in Cincinnati and is one of the city's most recognizable and beloved figures. A fixture at Reds games for decades, he is one of the team's most steadfast and enthusiastic supporters, promoting the team and the game with uncommon dedication. A plaque in his honor was dedicated at the entrance of Great American Ball Park in 2004, one of the many tributes he has received in acknowledgment of his esteemed place in Reds history.
Chuck Harmon's tremendous courage, strength of character, professionalism and humor are readily evident to all who come into contact with him. His life has been defined by overcoming obstacles through hard work and willpower, all the while keeping constant his unbridled love for the game. The Reds organization and all of baseball have been enhanced immeasurably because of his presence.