Police say missing ex-baseball player found, safe

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Lonnie Harris

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — An 88-year-old former baseball player and Memphis teacher who was missing for a week was located and is safe, police said Tuesday.

Lonnie Harris was last seen around noon Dec. 17 in the 500 block of Lodestone Way in southwest Memphis.

Police said he was headed downtown, but hadn’t been seen or heard from since. They also said Harris suffers from a mental disorder.

WREG spoke with Harris twice back in October as friends tried to help him after he fell on hard times and was evicted from his apartment.

In the 1950s, Harris was known as “Showboat” while playing baseball with the Memphis Red Sox and other Negro league teams. He was a veteran and later became a teacher at Humes Junior High.

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