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Monday, February 28, 2022

Robert Harrison appeared to benefit from another trainer moving up; Then saw Johnson City, Hamilton

A rash of injuries early in 1988 forced the Cardinals to bring in added help on their big league training staff - and Robert Harrison appears to have been a beneficiary

The Cardinals turned to Brad Henderson, trainer at AA Arkansas to serve in their new assistant trainer slot.

Backfilling behind Henderson, and taking the Arkansas training job: St. Louis-native Robert Harrison, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote.

Further information on Harrison's training career, however, is scarce. The Post-Dispatch only referenced Harrison's destination and hometown, not where he was coming from or information on his background.

Harrison went on to serve as a trainer for at least two more seasons in the Cardinals system.

He appeared on a card for the rookie Johnson City Cardinals in 1989 and for the short-season Hamilton Redbirds in 1990.

But, even though he appeared on the cards, the card makers appeared uninterested in providing more about him. On each card - 1989 and 1990 - the card backs read "No information available."

What Harrison did beyond 1990 was also unavailable, as no connection between the Cardinals minor league trainer Harrison and others could be found.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,853
Made the Majors:1,292-33.5%
Never Made Majors:2,561-66.5%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:528
10+ Seasons in the Minors:323

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