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Richard Joseph Harley (September 25, 1872 – April 3, 1952) was an American professional baseball left fielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1897 until 1903 for the St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Spiders, Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, and Chicago Cubs.

Dick Harley
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Left fielder
Born: (1872-09-25)September 25, 1872
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: March 3, 1952(1952-03-03) (aged 79)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 2, 1897, for the St. Louis Browns
Last MLB appearance
September 21, 1903, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
Batting average.262
Home runs10
Runs batted in236
Career highlights and awards

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and a graduate of Georgetown University,[1] Harley played in 740 games, all but two as an outfielder, including 539 in left field, 106 in right field, and 93 in center field. He had a career batting average of .262 and an on-base percentage of .332 with 755 hits, 389 runs scored, 236 RBIs, 106 extra base hits, 229 bases on balls, 139 stolen bases, and 78 times hit by a pitch.[2]

On June 24, 1897, Dick collected six hits in one game, a game played in Pittsburgh.[3] Harley also has the dubious distinction of having been the starting left fielder for the 1899 Cleveland Spiders, who some consider to be the worst team in baseball history.[4] The Spiders went 20–134, scoring 529 runs and allowing 1,252 runs.

Later Dick became a highly respected college baseball coach at the University of Pittsburgh, Penn State, and Villanova.[5]

Harley died at in 1952 at his home in Philadelphia.[6] He was interred in Cathedral Cemetery.[2]


Head coaching recordEdit


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Georgetown (Independent) (1893)
1893 Georgetown 4–4
Georgetown: 4–4
Total: 4–4

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Dick Harley's Stats". Retrieved 2008-02-08.
  2. ^ a b "Dick Harley's Stats". Retrieved 2008-02-08.
  3. ^ "The Official St. Louis Cardinals Website: History: Feats". Retrieved 2008-02-08.
  4. ^ MISFITS! Baseball's Worst Ever Team. By J. Thomas Hetrick. ISBN 978-1-929763-00-9. Retrieved 2008-02-08.
  5. ^ "The Ballplayers: Dick Harley". Archived from the original on 2011-06-04. Retrieved 2008-02-08.
  6. ^ "Dick Harley Dies; Former Play in Both Big Leagues". The Philadelphia Inquirer. April 4, 1952. p. 49 – via

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