Vern Handrahan
Election Date: October 13, 2021
Induction Date: November 16, 2021
Birth Date / Place: November 27, 1936 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Primary Position: Pitcher
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Years: 1959 to 1970
Teams: Wellsville Braves, Eau Claire Braves, Boise Braves, Portland Beavers, Lewiston Broncs, Rochester Red Wings, Kansas City Athletics, Vancouver, Mounties, Jacksonville Suns, Birmingham A's, Iowa Oaks, Toledo Mud Hens

Vern Handrahan

Born November 27, 1936 in Charlottetown, P.E.I., he was third player from his home province to reach the majors. In total, the 6-foot-2 right-hander played 12 seasons of professional baseball from 1959 to 1970, including eight seasons in Triple-A and in the major leagues for the Kansas City A’s in 1964 and 1966. He finished his pro career with a 3.81 ERA in 1,447 innings in 399 appearances. Prior to his professional career, Handrahan led the Charlottetown Abbies to the Maritime Junior Championship in 1956. After another good year in the local city league, he wrote to several clubs in the import-dominated Halifax & District League offering his services. He eventually tried out and signed with the Stellarton Albions and appeared in 15 games with them and pitched well enough to attract the attention of Milwaukee Braves’ scout Jeff Jones who offered him a pro contract. Handrahan continued to coach baseball at various levels after his retirement. He died on November 2, 2016 in Charlottetown.

Photo courtesy of David Holland.

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