Former Princeton High School (PHS) baseball star, Josh Harrison, was inducted into the University of Cincinnati’s James P. Kelly Hall of Fame on October 29. Harrison graduated from PHS in 2005, where he played shortstop for the Vikings. Directly after graduation Harrison signed with the University of Cincinnati (UC) and exchanged his PHS Viking baseball cap for a UC Bearcat ‘lid.’
Harrison got his start on the diamond early, playing tee ball at the tender age of three. Baseball talent runs in the family.Harrison’s uncle, John Selby, was a Baltimore Oriole and played in the 1983 World Series.
Harrison’s older brother Vince is also a talented athlete. He was consistently increasing his baseball skills and working his way up to the major leagues when he suffered a wrist injury that never healed correctly. But Vince didn’t give up on his love for baseball. He came back to Princeton High School, where he took on a coaching role for several years and even coached his little brother, Josh. In 2015, Vince Harrison was a coach for a minor league baseball team, The Kane County Cougars.
Josh Harrison was a star short-stop for the UC Bearcats and in 2008, he was the Big East Conference’s Co-Player of the Year. After he graduated from UC Harrison made it to the big leagues. He was drafted by the the Chicago Cubs in the 6th round of the 2008 draft. Harrison was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2009 and is a standout as third baseman. He was recognized for his talent and chosen for the 2014 All-Star Game.
During Harrison’s acceptance speech at the UC induction ceremony, he expressed his feelings about the sport of baseball.
“I’m blessed to play a game that I love, and not once do I ever take it for granted,” said Harrison.
Harrison ended this past baseball season on a good note. His 2015 MLB stats consists of 57 runs scored, 120 hits, 4 home-runs, 10 stolen bases, and a batting average of .287. His performance has placed Harrison at number three in the MLB league.
Odin’s Word wants to congratulate Harrison on his UC hall of fame induction. It’s always great to see a PHS alum making us proud! Our only question is–When will we see Josh Harrison’s picture added to the Princeton Viking Hall of Fame wall in the new Viking Village?
Reported by Erika Langford