In addition to his family members, Harman has other favorite players. He wore No. 7 throughout his coaching career with good reason — a diehard New York Yankee fan, Harman's favorite player was Mickey Mantle, who sported that number during a two-decade career with the Bronx Bombers.

After Mantle retired in 1969, Thurman Munson and Ron Guidry became Harman's top Yankees. Now, he admires Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera.

"My sister worked for a local law firm that had box seats right behind the visitor's dugout at Memorial Stadium," Harman said. "We were close enough to sit our sodas on the dugout roof. I got a lot of baseballs. (Former Yankee) Joe Pepitone rolled a ball across the dugout right to me."

Harman also got the opportunity to watch his favorite team play in the old Yankee Stadium.


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"We went up for a midweek night game," he recalled. "We caught the Tuesday game, stayed overnight in New Jersey and then came back for the Wednesday afternoon game."

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In two weeks, Harman will join the finest baseball coaches in state history when he is inducted into the MSABC Hall of Fame.

The list of previous inductees is a who's who of outstanding retired coaches, including George Henderson (City College, Essex Community College), Walter Youse (Calvert Hall, Leone's-Johnny's), Joe Binder (Calvert Hall), Roger Wrenn (Patterson), Bernie Walter (Arundel, Leone's-Johnny's), Hal Sparks (Mount St. Joseph) and Harry Lentz (Northeast).

Guy Stull, who coached Harman at Westminster and served as his assistant for many years, is also a member of the Hall.

"I was stunned, and very happy," said Harman about the moment when he heard of his selection.

"You look at the names (of the previous inductees), and they're the elite coaches in the state of Maryland. To be put into the same organization with guys like that gives me a really good feeling," he said. "It means that people respect what I've done in my 22 years of coaching baseball."

While Harman will have plenty of family at the ceremony, one of the central figures in his life will not be there.

Harman's dad died in June 2010 at the age of 87.

"My mom will be there and my dad will be looking down on me," said the 52-year old Harman, who lost his father and his father-in-law in a three-day span.

"Before the (2011 state championship) game, I knelt down by myself and said a prayer to them to be the angels in the outfield tonight. It was kind of surreal when the game ended and then the rain came down.

"They let us get the baseball game in," he said. "I know they were there."