The American Legion - June 29, 2015
Mitch Harris was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 13th round of the 2008 amateur draft, but his dreams of pitching for a major league team were put on hold while he honorably served his country – a commitment he had to fulfill as a U.S. Naval Academy graduate. During his five years of service he never lost sight of his dream, which became a reality when the Cardinals called him up from their minor league Triple-A affiliate, the Memphis Redbirds, to pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers on April 25.
His Major League Baseball debut made him the first Naval Academy graduate to appear in the major leagues in 94 years and the second ever.