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Former Major League Baseball pitcher Roric Harrison found in Houston

Chron logo Chron 12/3/2020 Matt Young
a man smiling for the camera © Houston Police Department

Less than 24 hours after 74-year-old Roric Harrison was reported missing in Houston's Medical Center area, he was located a few miles away in the Astrodome area.

Harrison, who has Alzheimer's, was reported missing Wednesday night. Houston police reported he was located at about 1 p.m. Thursday and returned safely to his family.

Harrison, who pitched five seasons in the Major Leagues for the Braves, Orioles, Indians and Twins, grew up in Los Angeles and was signed by the Astros as a free agent out of Santa Monica College in 1965.

The Astros traded him as a minor leaguer to the Seattle Pilots in a package deal for Jim Bouton in 1969. He was traded again before making his big league debut with the Baltimore Orioles in 1971. After one season in Baltimore, he went on to pitch three more with the Braves and a season each with the Indians and Twins.

Harrison is known for hitting the last home run by an American League pitcher before the designated hitter was introduced in 1973. He hit the home run - one of six in his career - for the Orioles on the last day of the 1972 regular season.

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