Edmund Ingalls '38
Baseball - Hall of Fame Class of 1996
Harvard Athletic Achievements
Edmund Ingalls was a dominating pitcher who set school records for complete games in a single season (13 in 1937) and career (26) as well as for innings pitched in a single season, accumulating 133 in 1937. Ed also played first team freshman football as a right end in the fall of 1934. After sustaining a one-inch separation of his right shoulder in February 1935, Ingalls chose to stick to the pitcher’s mound.
As a freshman, he was asked to replace fellow Harvard Hall of Famer Charles Devens, who at the time pitched for the New York Yankees, as the starting pitcher for a Harvard Alumni team versus Lord Tanning, a strong semi-pro team. The Harvard alumni team settled for a 5-5 tie after seven innings. As a sophomore, he struck out 14 batters in a 12-0 shutout of Northeastern. He followed with a 9-2 victory over Princeton, holding the Tigers to six hits. In the same year, Ingalls held nationally ranked Holy Cross to six hits in a game attended by 4,000 fans at Fitton Field. He started and won two games in the span of three days as a junior, defeating Columbia and Cornell. As a senior, Ed pitched all 15 innings of the longest Harvard-Yale game in history.
Ingalls earned an A.B. Cum Laude in Sociology writing his senior thesis about “Ethnic conflicts Between Irish and Yankees in the Life History of Boston.” After graduating from Harvard, Ingalls went to a tryout with the New York Giants at the old Polo Grounds. Afterward, he returned to Massachusetts to pitch for Harwich in the Cape Cod League. He boasted the best win-loss record for pitchers and Harwich won the league in 1938.